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LEC Movie night: Herr Lehmann

  • Feb 28, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of students, artists, bohemians and barflies had flourished among crumbling buildings. Part of that microcosm is barkeeper Frank, semi-formally called 'Herr Lehmann' by friends and patrons. He hangs out drinking, sports utter disregard for anything beyond SO 36 and lazily pursues an affair with cook Katrin. His lifestyle is gradually disturbed, when his parents show up for a visit, things go awry with Katrin and his best friend Karl starts to act strange. Meanwhile, political turmoil mounts on the other side of the Wall.


4 wins including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Lecce Festival of European Cinema 2004 and 5 nominations.

IMDB Rating: 7.3

Running time: 105 minutes

The movie will start at 7.30pm, but I will get there from about 7.00pm to set up the room.  There is enough space for you to join us upstairs and make use of the bar and space.

Please note that we show this movie for educational purposes within our club.  This is a strict members only event.  Please do not embarrass yourself (and us) by bringing a guest, who we would need to turn away.

Please note that we ask members for a contribution of £3 to allow us to budget for future events.  Your support is very much appreciated! Thanks.

The upstairs bar will be opened for us from 7.00pm and please order any drinks and food at this bar.


London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events. If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban, especially when it comes to our most popular events such as this one.

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  • Daniela

    as we discussed during this film, we are now going to Berlin! Yes, THE BERLIN TRIP is on! 19th to 21st September. Join us! --->>>

    June 21, 2014

  • Tiziana

    Fantastic movie, so much going on below the obvious: personal walls, sheltering a limbo life, come crumbling down. A number of threads converging in a crescendo, to end in the collective collapse of the actual wall - beautifully thought, built and delivered. Thank you Marion & Penny : )

    3 · March 4, 2014

    • Kuldip

      I must admit, I was also wondering if I saw the same film???! Overall I didn't find it engaging

      March 5, 2014

    • Kuldip

      The personal insight from Daniela, Marion et sll made the evening..

      1 · March 5, 2014

  • Tiranth

    The movie was OK and interesting in parts. However, the discussion afterwards was quite engaging (and opinionated in some instances) which made it an interesting evening.

    March 2, 2014

  • Clarice

    Funnier than I expected it to be :)

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Dul

    Great film about cool Berlin, and very interesting debate afterwards. Enlightening for non Germans. Couldn't register, film had just started.

    March 1, 2014

  • Grae

    Loved it! Daft humour unusual for LEC

    2 · March 1, 2014

  • Elis

    The movie was very boring an one of the worst I have ever seen. The best for me was the discussion after. Thank you so much Marion for sharing your personal experiences, much more interesting than the movie. Thanks to Penny for sharing her Berlin experience too. And thanks to all the other commentators, surreal or not: they made me smile and even laugh at some point!

    March 1, 2014

  • Marion

    March 1, 2014

  • Perihan

    I enjoyed the film. Thank you, Marion, for organising the event and Penny for proposing the film. Like many things made up (and so are films by their nature), it required one to acquire the right frame of mind to appreciate the film. Otherwise it would be difficult to do so obviously. Thanks again.

    March 1, 2014

  • Maja

    Having been away from the Club lately I really enjoyed "coming back". The film was moderately intersting but the first hand experiences of Berliners and others who lived in Germany at the end of the cold war were absolutely fascinating. Thank you all for sharing your personal life stories and thank you Marion for organising.

    1 · March 1, 2014

  • Simon

    Have been tring to get on meetup site to change my RSVP since yesterday afternoon. But meetup site has been down and is only now just up again. What's going on? Anyway had to switch my RSVP for work related reasons. Very sorry about late notice . Wanted to give u more notice but was unable to for reasons stated above.

    February 28, 2014

    • Simon

      Been tring to switch to 'no.'

      February 28, 2014

  • Julia

    Hi. I was stuck at work and am running late, sorry, but will be on time for the film.

    February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It must be something in the air, Richard. I am very sorry-I have also woken up feeling rotten and won't be able to attend. I hope it all goes well tonight.

    February 28, 2014

  • Richard

    Really sorry, have gone down with a filthy cold overnight - better for my fellow Europeans if I don't infect them. Sorry about the late notice.

    February 28, 2014

  • Jawad

    Sorry last minute work commitment (out of London).

    February 27, 2014

  • Ray

    Sorry already made alternative arrangements

    February 26, 2014

  • Perihan


    February 25, 2014

  • Perihan

    BLIMEY I have only just got notification of this and it is already fully booked?! Wow!

    February 23, 2014

  • Daniela

    i m curious to see how long till Dennis post some comments about German comedies' poor sense of humour and his potatoes salad superiority to all other salads :-) Dennis, wo bleibst du???? :-)

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Maja

      But there is always light after the dark and sunshine after the rain.

      1 · February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A friend is interested in coming. Is there space?

    February 14, 2014

    • Maja

      This is a members only event.

      February 14, 2014

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