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German and Dutch Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): German Titles W-Z

Titles W-Z

Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen = The Forest For the Trees
"Bursting with idealism, Melanie Pröschle, a young teacher from the countryside, starts her first job at a high school in the city; however, things don't go quite as she planned. She had hoped to be a 'fresh breeze' to the school, but her colleagues are annoyed by her new teaching methods. Not only that, Melanie hasn't one friend in her new town. Tr ying not to get discouraged, she attempts to form a relationship with her neighbor Tina. As Melanie's efforts become more and more desperate, Tina begins to withdraw. Soon Melanie is crossing borderlines and entangling herself in a spiral of lies."

Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte
"In a Spanish coastal hotel, the cast and crew of a film wait for the director, the star and the production money. When the director finally arrives he makes life miserable for everyone. The group is left to petty bickering, attempts at amusement and desperate contacts to make it through the filming of the movie."

Was du nicht siehst = What You Don't See
"Anton arrives at a summerhouse with his mother and her new boyfriend, on an seemingly innocent mini-vacation. As Anton explores the new environment, he meets Katja and David who seemingly live alone in a neighboring house. Gradually and unsuspectingly, they draw Anton into a dangerous vortex of emotional confusion, where sexual overtures, subtle seduction and surprising violence all play a part. Anton finds himself on the other side of an appalling reality he could not have imagined."

Was tun, wenn's brennt? = What To Do In Case Of Fire?
"When a twenty-year-old bomb explodes in an abandoned mansion in modern-day Berlin, the evidence points to a notorious late 1980's anarchist group. As the police start looking for them, the six former rebels reunite for the first time in 12 years to come up with a plan to protect themselves. But sparks fly when the group must reconcile their youthful ideals with their new lives and pick up the pieces of the relationships they left behind."

We Monsters = Wir Monster
"After their teenage daughter Sarah confesses to the killing of her best friend Charlie, the recently separated Paul and Christine decide to hide the crime. Their collective guilt forces the family back together, creating a web of lies and deadly intentions with no way out."

Welt am Draht: World On a Wire
"The noir-spiked tale of a reluctant action hero, a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy substituting simulations for reality."

Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie
"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."

Wings of Desire
"A romantic fantasy about an angel who wishes he were mortal and is willing to fall from the sky if it means a chance to fall in love. Set in modern day Berlin, the film follows angel Damiel's path from heavenly flight to earthly delight in a manner that's comical, touching and entertaining."

Winterschläfer = Winter Sleepers
"Laura (Sellem) is a nurse who shares her house with translator Rebecca (Daniel), who is having an affair with Marco (Ferch), a handsome ski instructor. Rene (Matthes) compensates for short-term memory loss by obsessively photographing his life. When Theo (Bierbichler), drives a sick horse to the vet, the vagaries of human destiny-where endless chains of causality ripple from a single chance encounter-are made manifest in their ostensibly individual circumstances."

"Centers around the illegitimate son of the seriously deranged Ben Nicholson. Despite being their slave, [Whity] becomes the obsession of each member of the family as they try to enlist his aid in disposing of one another."

Wolke 9
"The groundbreaking, lyrical, and moving story of Inge, a 67-year-old married woman who rediscovers her passion and her sexuality when she unexpectedly falls in love with 76-year-old Karl."

"Franz Woyzeck is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. Abused and tortured, both physically and psychologically by commanding officers, doctors and his unfaithful wife, Marie, Woyzeck struggles to hold on to his humanity and his fragile sanity. In the film's shattering climax, he is finally driven over the brink into madness and murder."

Wrong Move
"The story of an aimless writer who leaves his hometown to find himself and winds up befriending a group of other travelers. Seeking inspiration to help him escape his creative funk, he instead discovers the limits of attempts to refashion one's identity."

"Following a near-death experience, a young woman flees her East German hometown and failed marriage to start over in Hanover. By chance she finds work with an ambitious and determined executive and enters a ruthless world of big business and cut-throat boardroom deals. But just as she seems poised to fully realize her ambitions, she finds herself haunted by truths from the past that threaten to destroy her new life."