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German and Dutch Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): German Titles I-L

German Titles I-L

Ich hiess Sabina Spielrein = My Name Was Sabina Spielrein
"Based on a find of letters and diaries that revealed a love affair between Carl Jung and his first patient, Sabina Spielrein."

Ich seh, ich seh = Goodnight Mommy
"In a lonesome house in the countryside in the heat of mid-summer, nine-year-old twin brothers await their mother's return from the hospital. When she ocmes home with her face obscured by bandages, nothing jis like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is atually who she says she is."

In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden
"When the object of his affection off-handedly commented, 'too bad you're not a girl' Erwin disappeared to Casablanca and returned as Elvira. Now, adrift and alone amid the maze of streets of Frankfurt, Elvira revisits the people and places of his past."

In July = In July
"Daniel, a young teacher, decides to spend his summer at home in Hamburg. At the local flea market, he meets Juli, who is immediately attracted to him, a fact to which Daniel seems oblivious. On the same day, Daniel meets Melek, a young Turkish girl, with whom he is immediately smitten. Ignoring his earlier plans, he sets out in pursuit of her across the Balkans. Along the way he picks up a hitchhiker, who just happens to be Juli."

Jakob der Lügner
"Trapped in a Polish ghetto with thousands of other Jews facing starvation or deportation to the death camps, Jacob is detained one evening at the local Gestapo headquarters. Eavesdropping, he overhears a radio report about a nearby Russian victory. At first he is silent, but circumstances compel him to pass on the good news of hope. A simple, somewhat dour man, the stubble-bearded Jacob suddenly becomes a hero as old friends and neighbors flock to him, pressing for information about the latest reports. Jacob feels compelled to make up stories to keep up the spirits of his comrades."

Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle =The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
"The true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828. He had been held captive in a dungeon for his entire life that he could remember, and had only just been released, for reasons unknown. Who is this man, and who would want him dead?"

Jenseits der Stille = Beyond Silence
"Since the earliest days in her childhood, Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute, and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice versa when her parents want to communicate with other people. Getting older and more mature, she becomes interested in music and starts to play the clarinet very successfully. Since her parents are deaf, they cannot share Lara's musical career. The day comes when Lara has to decide between her parents and her own ambitions."

"Set in northeastern Germany, a business relationship turns into a love triangle when an ex-soldier begins working for a Turkish-born store owner and his beautiful wife."

"Jonathan is 23; he and his aunt, Martha, work on their farm. Jonathan also devotes himself to looking after his father Burghardt, who has cancer. But his father stubbornly sabotages his son₂s efforts to care for him. Jonathan finds it increasingly difficult to cope until they hire a young caretaker, Anka, to help. Jonathan and Anka fall in love; her experience of working at a hospice helps Jonathan to gain a new insight into his father₂s situation."

Jud Süss
"This notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama is based on the Nazi version of the novel of the same title by Lion Feuchtwanger, which is based on the real historical character of Josef Süss Oppenheimer who was a Jewish tax advisor to Karl Alexander during the early 1700's and was publicly executed in Stuttgart for manipulation of state funds."

Kamikaze ‘89
"Set in a future dystopian West Germany, police lieutenant Jansen is tasked with infiltrating a mysterious organization that controls all media to discover the source of the bomb threats they have been receiving."

"Follows the lives of an aimless assortment of friends who spend their days outside their Munich apartment smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee and sleeping with each other. Their lives begin to change when a Greek immigrant moves in and begins to evoke reactions of jealousy and violence among the group."

KIngs of the Road
"A roving film projector repairman saves the life of depressed psychologist who has driven his Volkswagen into a river, and they end up on the road together, traveling from one rural German movie to another. Along the way, the two men, each running from his past, bond over their shared loneliness.

Kreuzweg = Stations of the Cross
"Told in fourteen fixed-angle, single shot, individual tableaus that parallel Christ's journey to his own crucifixion, this film is both an indictment of fundamentalist faith and the articulation of an impressionable teen's struggle to find her own path in life. Though from the outside Maria lives in the modern world, her family and her heart are faithful to a Catholic radicalism that requires sacrifice and devotion at every turn. As she struggles to balance her own desires with the dictates of her family's faith, she makes ever more perilous sacrifices, attempting to please a God she worships unquestioningly in the pious hopes of curing the autistic younger brother she adores."

Der Krieger und die Kaiserin
"When shy, beautiful Sissi is the victim of a horrible car accident, a handsome small-time criminal comes to the rescue and saves her life. Once she recovers, she sets out to find him and discovers that he is a violent man with a conflicted past and dangerous future. It doesn't take long for the two to meet again - during a deadly bank robbery. Now it is her turn to save his life."

Kriegerin = Combat Girls
"This gritty, violent teen coming-of-age drama centers on two girls who become fascinated with the neo-Nazi youth movement."

Labyrinth of Lies = Im Labyrinth des Schweigens
"Germany 1958. In those years, 'Auschwitz' was a word that some people had never heard of, and others wanted to forget as quickly as possible. Against the will of his immediate superior, young prosecutor Johann Radmann begins to examine the case of recently identified teacher who was a former Auschwitz guard. Radmann soon lands in a web of repression and denial, but also of idealization. He devotes himself with utmost commitment to his new task and is resolved to find out what really happened. He oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues and allies, and is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever."

Das Leben der Anderen
"A 1984 East Berlin simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler, a Stasi officer and a specialist in surveillance, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman, a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland. Though Dreyman is known to associate with blacklisted director Albert Jerska, a known dissident, Dreyman's record is spotless. Wiesler discovers that Minister Hempf has an ulterior motive in spying on this seemingly upright citizen. Wiesler's sympathies shift from the government to its people - or at least to this one particular person."

Lebenszeichen = Signs of life
"An injured German soldier is sent to recuperate at a remote Greek island during the Second World War. The islands beauty tempts him with the promise of peace, but ultimately he can't accept the potential of this enchanting place."

The Legend of Paul and Paula = Die Legende von Paul und Paula
"Two neighbors--Paula, a single woman with two children, and Paul, a conservative bureaucrat stuck in a loveless marriage--begin to fall in love. The free-spirited Paula tries to liberate Paul from his complacent life, but it's not until tragedy and heartaches beset them both that he begins to fully appreciate her love. But is it too late?"

Das letzte Schweigen
"...begins on a hot summer day, when a girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat by Peer, as his helpless friend Timo watches. Exactly 23 years later, another 13-year-old, Sinikka, is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot, leading police to suspect the same killer may be at work again."

"The film, set in imperial Vienna, concerns the romance between a young girl and a lieutenant. A powerful baron misreads the lieutenant's ardor, assuming that it is being directed towards his own wife. A duel follows which, no matter how it turns out, will spell tragedy for at least one of the characters we care about."

"The teacher Antek Liebmann moves to the French countryside to leave his former life in Germany behind. He soon gets a job and finds himself in a new relationship. But the strange energy of a near-by artists residency and an unexpected visitor from Germany make him realise he cannot escape his memories. He has to find his own way to confront the ghosts of his past."

Lila Lila
"David, is a hapless waiter, who chances upon an unpublished manuscript of a novel in a dresser he buys at a flea market. To impress a girl, he claims to be the author of the manuscript. When the novel becomes a literary sensation and the real author surfaces to talk to David about their newfound predicament; David's guilt becomes very stressful."

"Set in 1957, Lola  is Fassbinder's homage to Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel, and stars Barbara Sukowa as a cabaret singer and prostitute for sale to the highest bidder--in this case a straight-laced official (Armin Mueller-Stahl) who discovers the high cost of ignorance."

"Abandoned by their Nazi parents at the end of World War II, five German siblings, led by fourteen year-old Lore, embark on a harrowing journey across their war-torn country."

Love Is Colder Than Death
"Unusual gangster story, in which a small-time pimp Franz, who is torn between his mistress and Bruno the gangster sent after him by the syndicate that he has refused to join. Things are turned on their head when Franz and Bruno become friends, to the point that they even share Franz's girlfriend Joanna. But Joanna soon becomes bored of Bruno, and when he plots a bank robbery, she reports it to the police before Bruno's scheme to kill her can succeed. Bruno is shot dead by the police, but the lovers manage to escape." - L.H. Wong