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German and Dutch Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

Acht Stunden sind kein Tag: eine Familienserie (German)
"Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves, his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. The film rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder's earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama."

Agonie = Agony (German)
"Follows a twenty-something man as he kills his girlfriend and hides pieces of her body throughout the city."

Baal (German)
"Volker Schlöndorff transported Bertolt Brecht's 1918 debut play to contemporary West Germany for this vicious experiment in adaptation, seldom seen for nearly half a century. Oozing with brutish charisma, Rainer Werner Fassbinder embodies the eponymous anarchist poet, who feels that bourgeois society has rejected him and sets off on a schnapps-soaked rampage. Hewing faithfully to Brecht's text, Schlöndorff juxtaposes the theatricality of the prose with bare-bones, handheld 16 mm camera work, which gives immediacy to this savage story of rebellion. Featuring a supporting cast drawn from Fassbinder's troupe of theater actors that also includes Margarethe von Trotta, Baal demonstrates the uncompromising vision of its director, a trailblazer of the New German Cinema."

Bye Bye Germany (German)
"Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But questions about Bermann's past catch up with him. Why does he have two passports? What about his visit to Hitler's mountain retreat? Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart and attractive but uncompromising US officer Sara Simon (Antje Traue) refuses to close the interrogation. She wants to get to the heart of Bermann's wartime memories. Sara matches his quick wit with iron severity, but it becomes increasingly difficult for her to escape his charm..."

The Captain (German)
"A German army deserter finds an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice."

Dark Fortune (German)
"Eliane, a child psychologist is summoned to the hospital to help provide care for a young boy named Yves who is the sole survivor of a horrendous car wreck that claimed the lives of the boy's entire family. His remaining relatives a feuding grandmother and aunt arrive and fight for custody of Yves, and Eliane is asked to make a formal evaluation of the boy so that the court can determine where to place him. During this time, Yves is allowed to stay with Eliane for further observation."
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.Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen (German)
"Based on the life of 20th century Austrian artist, Egon Schiele, one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two women will have a lasting impact on him - his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17 year old Wally, arguably Schiele's one true love, immortalized in his famous painting 'Death and the Maiden'. Schiele's radical paintings scandalize Viennese society while daring artists like Gustav Klimt and art agents alike are sensing the exceptional. But Egon Schiele is also prepared to go beyond his own pain and to sacrifice love and life for his art. Art that inspires us up to this day."

Haunted Hospital: Heilstatten (German)
"In the film, a remote and gloomy sanctuary near Berlin a group of YouTubers illegally access the ominous surgery block for a 24-hour challenge they hope will go viral. They learn too soon that they are not alone and not welcome."

Hagazussa (German)
"A young fifteenth-century goatherd slowly begins to discover an ancient presence deep in the dark woods years after her mother's horrifying demise. In a time when pagan beliefs or witches spread fear into the minds of rural folk, the film aims to explore the thin line between ancient beliefs, magic, and delusional psychosis."

Invisibles (German)
"While Nazi propaganda minister Josef Goebbels infamously declared Berlin 'free of Jews' in 1943, 1,700 Jewish Berliners managed to survive in the Nazi capital. Claus Rafle's gripping docudrama traces the stories of four real-life survivors who learned to hide in plain sight."

Kameradschaft (German)
"Set in 1919 but based on a real incident from 1906. A coal mine collapses on the frontier between Germany and France, trapping a team of French miners inside. Workers on both sides of the border spring into action, putting aside national prejudices and wartime grudges to launch a dangerous rescue operation."

Kater = [Tomcat] (German)
"Andreas and Stefan lead a happy and passionate life: together with their beloved tomcat Moses, they live in a beautiful old house in Vienna's vineyards. They work as a musician and as a scheduler in the same orchestra and they love their large circle of friends. An unexpected and inexplicable outburst of violence suddenly shakes up the relationship and calls everything into question, the blind spot that resides in all of us."

Luther and I (German)
"Chronicles the story of Katharina von Bora, the woman behind the legendary reformer, Martin Luther. Ahead of her time, she battled personal fears, laws and conventions to lead a self-determined life. Her remarkable story began in the cloister which had been her home since the age of six. But as a young woman, emboldened by Luther's writings, she dares to break her religious vow and flees with some fellow sisters in search of a better life."

Mario (German)
"There's a ripple of disquiet in the locker-room when Leon, a new striker, joins the soccer team. Sharing a flat with keen rival Mario sets the scene for an unexpected love affair, but the path of gay love in this macho world is not an easy one. With the prospect of a professional career a strong possibility, will Mario forsake the hope of emotional satisfaction for professional gain?"

Der Mitte der Welt = Center of My World (German)
"After a summer spent with his best friend Kat to escape his family, Phil goes back to school and falls in love with Nicholas, a new classmate."

Murer: Anatomy of a Trial (German)
"On the basis of original records, Murer, Anatomy of a Trial, reconstructs the 1963 proceedings against Franz Murer, a wealthy Austrian farmer with a sterlilng reputation, that took place in Graz. This respected local politician and family man was in charge of the Vilnius ghetto from 1941-1943, where its residents called him the 'Butcher of Vilnius'. Solely 600 of the 80,000 Jews who originally lived there survived Nazi rule. Survivors came from around the world to testify at the trial, leaving little doubt of Murer's guilt. This resulted in one of the most serious scandals of Austria's Second Republic for which the justice system, press and governmental policy were responsible."

Out of Love (Dutch)
"The story encapsulates the sweltering and devastating dynamics of love in the turbulent relationship between Varya and Nikolai, where genuine love and hope contend with destruction and despair. It is an enlargement of something all know or might have experienced. Some to a larger extent than others. A love story in which love and hate collide, reinforce one another, intermingle, fuse, make a pact, and kill one another. A love story in the extreme."

Paths (German)
"Andreas and Martin have shared all the ups and downs of life, and now that their son has matured and moved out on his own, they have more free time to focus on themselves again. But when they are left alone with only themselves, will the spark still be there?"

Reformation (German)
"A stunning drama that boldly captures Martin Luther's story shortly before he published his 95 theses in 1517 until the bloody end of the Peasants' War in 1525. It tells the story of the key figures in Luther's world who were critical to his ambitions to reform the church and whose actions directly shaped the world in which people know and live today."

Room 304 (German)
"Startling tales of sex, betrayal and corruption unravel in a Copenhagen hotel when disparate lives intersect in a twist of fate."

Thirteen Minutes (German)
"During Hitler's anniversary speech on November 8, 1939, a man is arrested on the Swiss border for possession of suspicious objects. Just minutes later, a bomb explodes in the Munich Burgerbraukeller, immediately behind the Fuhrer's lectern, killing eight people. The man is Georg Elser, a carpenter from Konigsbronn in the Swabia region. A story of a man who nearly changed the world."

Toni Erdmann (German)
"Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she's busy as a corporate strategist. The geographical change doesn't help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried's flashy alter ego."

The Tower (German)
"Follows a cultured family living in East Germany during the 1980s as they make their way through society."

Trick of Life (German)
"Weaving together docu-drama, fictional re-enactment and experimental photography, the film is a powerful and beautifully crafted exploration into the early days of German cinema and tells the story of the Skladanowsky Brothers who invented the Bioskop, the forerunner of the film projector."

True Love Ways (German)
"Severine becomes the victim of a twisted plot when, in an attempt to win her back, her boyfriend Tom makes a deal with a mysterious man. The man constructs a plot to kidnap Severine, giving Tom the chance to play the hero. When the situation gets out of control and Severine faces her sadistic kidnappers, it turns into a bloody battle for survival."

Die Vierhändige = Four Hands (German)
"Jessica and Sophie have remained in their family home even after they witnessed their parents' murder there as children. Twenty years later, learning that the killers will be paroled, Sophie begins to suffer blackouts during which she commits unspeakable acts."

Waterboys (Dutch)
"It tells a humorous and moving story of the evolving relationship between crime novelist Victor and his cello-playing son Zack. When Zack is dumped by his girlfriend and Victor is dumped by Zack's mother on the same day, the two men grieve and briefly console one another before heading off on a trip to Scotland where Victor hopes to promote his latest book and spend some bonding time with Zack."

Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie (German)
"G.W. Pabst brought the war movie into a new era with his first sound film, a mercilessly realistic depiction of the nightmare that scarred a generation, in the director's native Germany and beyond. Digging into the trenches with four infantrymen stationed in France in the final months of World War I, Pabst illustrates the harrowing ordeals of battle with unprecedented naturalism, as the men are worn away in body and spirit by firefights, and the disillusion that greets them on the home front."