“A remarkable success! Generation War has galvanized a new discussion about Germany’s War Guilt” – Thomas Rogers, The New Republic
Part 1 at 6:20 pm, Part 2 at 9:00 pm
There is a single admission charge for both parts. To follow the narrative, one must see the film consecutively; however, vouchers for free admission to PART 2 will be distributed if you wish to return at another time.
Berlin, 1941: Five young Germans gather to celebrate their friendship and bid one another farewell.
Generation War, a remarkable two-part epic that follows their lives through 1945, was a popular sensation in Germany (they're appropriately titled, Our Mothers, Our Fathers) seen by more than 7 million. Its story sparked passionate debate about personal responsibility and the relative guilt of ordinary people for Nazi atrocities:
Two brothers become Wehrmacht soldiers on the Eastern Front; a third man – a Jew – faces deportation to the camps and abuse by Polish partisans. Both women are profoundly compromised: one as an army nurse, another while trying to advance her career as “the next Marlene Dietrich.” A superb ensemble cast makes the fate of each of these characters essential, gripping drama — as relevant today as 70 years ago.
Germany, 2013, PART 1: 131min., PART 2: 148min., In German with English subtitles, Unrated | Director: Philipp Kadelbach | Cast: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Ludwig Trepte, Miriam Stein