ABOUT THE FILMS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED:
October 25th - Germany, Pale Mother Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1980
Set during the Third Reich and its aftermath, this lyrical, harrowing tale of love and war is a neglected classic of New German cinema.
Hans and Lene scarcely have time to meet and marry before Hans is sent away to fight, leaving Lene to give birth during an air raid and struggle through the war with a baby daughter. Based on director and writer Helma Sanders-Brahms' mother's experience, the film explores the devastating impact of politics of family life.
Eva Mates (Lene) gives a brilliant, fearless performance, with the film casting a powerful emotional spell, which is intensified by a delicate, plaintive piano score. German critics savaged the film at its premiere, baulking at its subjective female take on recent history. Cut by 30 minutes for cinema release, only now has it been restored to its impressive original form and released for the first time on Blu-ray
November 1st - The Second Awakening of Christa Klages, Margarethe vib Trotta, 1978
Worried about the prospects of her children's day care center and running out of money, Christa Klages, a young mother, robs a bank with the help of her lover Werner Wiedemann and another friend. When Werner is killed during the heist and when it becomes clear that the police are after her, Christa flees to Portugal to seek help from another friend, Ingrid Häkele, a situation that threatens both women's safety.
November 8th - Winter Ade, Helke Misselwitz, 1988
Shortly before GDR’s collapse, Helke Misselwitz traveled by train from one end of the country to the other interviewing East German women of different ages and backgrounds. In this documentary masterpiece, women reveal their personal and professional frustrations, hopes and aspirations—and, in doing so, paint a portrait of a changing society. The landscape and architecture of East Germany, filmed in B&W on 35mm by Thomas Plenert, form the background to the stories.