September – November 2014
Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, is a multi-award winning film, including the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
At once a political thriller and human drama, this film begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. THE LIVES OF OTHERS traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler, a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple, Georg Dreyman and Christa-Maria Sieland.
In the 2005 film Al Otro Lado (To the Other side) writer and director Gustavo Loza, weaves a heart-wrenching tale that follows the complexities of migration through the eyes of children who have been left behind. Three countries, three cultures, and three realities serve as the stage to delve into the lives of three kids (a Mexican boy, a Cuban boy, and a Moroccan girl), each of whom must endure the absence of their father who has left them in search for a better life.
Jenseits der Stille, directed by Caroline Link, tells the story of Lara, who grows up as the daughter of deaf parents, though she can hear and is fluent in sign language.
Through the years her parents become more and more dependent on Lara as an interpreter, and
a family conflict finally develops as Lara discovers the world of music, a world where her parents cannot follow.