FGF14: The Taste of Apple Seeds

Let's go and see "The Taste of Appleseeds" at the Kino. This film is part of the Audi Festival of German Films 2014. It is an adaptation of a novel, set over three time periods including the 1920's, 1980's and present day and concerns the reminiscences of Hannah Herzsprung's character over these time periods. Reading the reviews and user comments on this film, there is a lot of noise about it, but it seems to have its share of fans. The consensus is that it is on the sentimental side, is visually appealing, and covers a lot of ground relating to German history.

This is a film festival screening, so please make an effort to decide on your RSVP and buy your tickets (preferably at the same time) as soon as possible as the session may sell out. If I become aware that this session has sold out, I will close RSVP's for this event.

Please purchase your ticket(s) when you RSVP. This is important as this session may sell out ahead of the date. 

I realise that I have opened this a long way ahead of the date (because of the need to book tickets in advance), so I will send out a reminder a few days before just in case anyone forgets. 

Tickets are available online at the following link: 


Once you have followed the link, please select the cinema (Kino), and scroll down to the correct date (2nd April). Once you have selected the date, you will be able to select the session and purchase the ticket. 

Please only RSVP if you will attend as no shows are recorded. 

Date: Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014

Time: Meet at 8:00pm for the 8:30pm session. We will enter the cinema at approximately 8:15pm.

Place: Meet at the seats opposite the box office. As it may be busy at this time of night, I will be carrying a red "meetup" sign to help you identify me. Please try to be on time.

Notes: There is no reserved seating for this film, so we can purchase tickets individually. The session may be reasonably full, so please keep timing in mind so that we can enter early and get good seats. 

Please purchase tickets online when you RSVP, as it is possible that the session may sell out. Palace Movie Club members receive a small discount (usually around $5) from the ticket price, as do Goethe Institut members. When you book online, you receive a voucher, and you have to pick up the tickets by presenting the voucher and the credit card you used to book the tickets. 

Duration: 120 minutes 

Rating: Unspecified

Director: Vivian Naefe
Screenplay: Rochus Hahn, Lischi Reich
Writers: Katharina Hagena (Novel); Rochus Hahn (Adaptation)
Cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Marie Baeumer

Genre: Drama

Reviews: Cinetastic (5.5/10); Kino-Zeit audience rating (3.5/6); IMDb audience review (6.4/10)


IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2158455
IMDB review link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2158455/externalreviews
Cinetastic (German language): http://www.cinetastic.de/2013/08/der-geschmack-von-apfelkernen/
Kino.de (German language): http://www.kino.de/kinofilm/der-geschmack-von-apfelkernen/138762
Kino-Zeit (German language): http://www.kino-zeit.de/filme/der-geschmack-von-apfelkernen

If you don't speak German, Google Translate may do a reasonable job of giving you the gist of the above reviews, but be prepared for some peculiar turns of phrase as you would expect from machine translation engines ;)

Based on a popular novel by Katharina Hagena. A granddaughter returns to her family home and rediscovers many memories about her past, including the death of a young woman, and the various games she played as a youngster. Hannah Herzsprung, a previous guest of the festival, plays the lead role over various time periods. Set in the 1920s, 1980s and the present day, the story centres on the apple tree which is the centre of her reminiscences. It was also the catalyst for the games she would play with her friends, leading to events that affected them all. The story also involves a number of revelations with historic overtones, relating to an inheritance as well as an unresolved death. These have an impact on all the women in this sprawling story that seamlessly flows over the different time periods.

Post-film discussion: This session will finish at about 10:45pm. As it will be late on a weeknight, a brief discussion outside the cinema should probably be enough for those of us who need to work the next day :)

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  • Josephine

    Perfectly summarised Simon! Thanks for organising this event. She'll be apples!

    1 · April 3

  • Simon

    Thanks to all who attended tonight. This film had stunning visuals, but relied a little too heavily on them in the first half before becoming much more engaging, and darker, in the second. A few unexpected turns with the complex and entangled relationships depicted. Overall, an enjoyable watch. See you all next time :)

    1 · April 2

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