Films of the Berlin Wall era

September 22, 2014

Goethe-Institut observes 25 years of German reunion
Films of the Berlin Wall eraThe historic Berlin Wall fell in 1989. Goethe-Institut has organised screening of three films that tell the tales of the Berlin Wall era to mark the silver jubilee of the momentous occasion that reunited West and East Germany. The screening of films began on Sunday at the Goeth-Institut at Dhanmondi in the capital. Three films were scheduled to be screened from September 21-23 at the Berlin Hall of the institute at 6:00pm.On Sunday, Christian Petzold’s Barbara was screened. The film revolves around a doctor working in 1980s in East Germany, who finds herself banished to a small country hospital when she applies for an exit visa to leave East Germany. Her lover in West Germany works on the preparation for their escape via the Baltic Sea, but Barbara starts to lose control of everything as her new boss starts to confuse her. The film competed at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012, where Petzold won the Silver Bear for Best Director. The film was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist.
Today, Leander Haumann’s Sun Alley will be screened. The film revolves around seventeen-year-old Micha who lives with his family on Sonnenallee, a street divided between East and West Berlin. He dreams of becoming a famous pop star in a time when the young generation from the East was longing for the forbidden pop music from the West.
Florian Henckel’s The Lives of Others will be screened at the same time tomorrow. The film is an intense thriller set in East Berlin five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall and traces the gradual disillusionment of state security captain Gerd Wiesler, who works for the Stasi Secret Police.

-With New Age input

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