The German Consulate General Co-Presents:
German films at the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival NY:
N.Y. Premiere “Lou Andreas-Salomé: the Audacity to be Free” Screens on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 pm, being the Opening Night movie of the Festival. Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured 19th century Europe’s greatest minds, recounts her life to Ernst Pfeiffer in this German film directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post. A published novelist, poet, and essayist, Salomé’s desire to live a life free from convention scandalized society but spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée and her lover, the poet Rainer Maria-Rilke. Under the tutelage of Sigmund Freud, she became the first female psychoanalyst.
U.S. Premiere “Doing Nothing All Day” screens on Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 pm. A young mother starts the search for the ideal school for her son and discovers the tradition of democratic schools, where they practice self-determined education - a system that seeks to employ the freedom of choice to the process of education. She speaks with scientists and advocates of the democratic education movement in Germany, England and Israel.
N.Y. Premiere “The Hostage” screens on Tuesday, March 20, at 3:30 pm in the 'Dreamers Having a Nightmare' collection of films. The Hostage fetches Friedrich von Schiller’s ballad about a friendship beyond death to highly topical today's Berlin: Two refugee girls exchange their identities, because one of them shall be deported and desires to say goodbye to her lover. The airplane with her best friend is about to start. But she runs to free the hostage. This act of true love moves the passengers. And they stand up for the girls to prevent the take off.
“The Shelter” screens on Tuesday, March 20, at 3:30 pm in the 'Dreamers Having a Nightmare' collection of films. Based on true events: Erwin and Hildegard get lost whilst on a hiking holiday in Bavaria. They end up in a strange guest house, not knowing that it's long closed and now a refugee shelter. Only when demanding the bill for the delicious meal, the truth unravels.
N.Y. Premiere: “The World is Round so that Nobody Can Hide in the Corners” – Part I: Refugee, screens on Thursday, March 22, at 3:30 pm in the 'Where is Home?' collection of films.
The journey of an African gay refugee seeking asylum in Germany.
N.Y. Premiere: “Hot Country, Cold Winter” screens on Sunday, March 18, at 7:30 pm.
A tale of a man and a woman suffering near-absurd circumstances during a total energy crisis right after the break down of the Soviet Union. Their narratives, recollections, imagination, and dreams are depicted in this powerful feature film dealing with a period of modern history, not so far away from our times.
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