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Film/Neu Presents New German-Language Cinema
17th Annual Festival January 23 – 29, 2009
(Washington, DC, January 9, 2009) – Politics takes a back seat
to storytelling, both dramatic and comedic, in the 2009 edition
of Film|Neu, the 17th annual round-up of distinctive German-
language cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland,
screening January 23-29, 2009 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema
(555 11th St. NW). Discussions with special guests from Germany
and film critic Eddie Cockrell will follow a number of
screenings. An opening German-themed reception and closing
Berlin Party will enhance the week.
Genre fans will want to catch Christian Petzold’s masterful
JERICHOW on opening night and Austrian veteran Götz Spielmann’s
Oscar-submitted REVANCHE later in the series, both of which
take differing approaches to contemporary European film noir.
Switzerland-based director Micha Lewinsky’s gentle THE FRIEND
leads the dramatic charge (it too represents its country at the
next Academy Awards), followed closely by the confrontational
THE WAVE. Issues raised by the thought-provoking A HERO’S
WELCOME are leavened somewhat by the quasi-musical whimsy at
the heart of MELODIES OF SPRING. Non-fiction filmmaking is
represented triumphantly by the sports documentary FOOTBALL
UNDERCOVER, which preserves the Tehran-set match between women’
s soccer clubs from Berlin’s Kreuzberg section and Iran.
Finally, the old guard makes a fine showing by virtue of Doris
Dörrie’s charming and novelistic CHERRY BLOSSOMS: HANAMI, as
well as Wim Wenders’ Cannes competition entry PALERMO SHOOTING.
If there’s a theme here, it’s that German-speaking people have
pretty much the same dilemmas, challenges and joys as their
American brethren. And isn’t that what art, and cultural
exchange, are all about? —Eddie Cockrell
Eddie Cockrell is a film critic who divides his time between
his hometown of Washington, D.C. and Sydney, Australia.
Tickets: $10, $8 for Students and Friends of the Goethe-
Institut, $7.50 for Seniors
Opening Night 7 pm Screening and German-themed Reception:
Closing Night 7pm Screening and “Berlin Party”: $15
Tickets can be purchased at Landmark's E-Street Cinema's box
office or online.
For more information, please visit www.filmneu.org.