German Film Festival at E Street

Last Friday, Andreas Dreson’s subtly powerful Summer in Berlin kicked off the 15th annual “New Films Festival” at the E Street Cinema. Presented jointly by the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian and Swiss embassies, this collection of films offers a refreshing departure from Hollywood. It showcases the recent explosion of German-speaking cinema, little of which has managed to break its way into American theatres.

German filmmakers today are confidently experimenting with a new form of realism. Summer in Berlin gave us a taste of what is to come, capturing the loneliness of a single mother descending into alcoholism and her girlfriend’s disillusionment with her loveless relationship. The characters are certainly not heroes, and they do not command the scenes with eloquent or powerful speech. Yet the films make their stories surprisingly compelling.

Here are some of the festival’s offerings and their showtimes:

Tough Enough: Wed 9:30pm, Thurs 7pm
Crash Test Dummies: Tonight 7:15pm, Tues @ 9:15pm
Under the Ice: Tonight 9:20pm, Tues 7:15pm
Summer ’04: Wed 7:15pm, Thurs 9:30pm

For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut.
The Festival runs through Jan. 25 at the E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW
(Metro Center Station). Student tickets are $7.75.

Posted by Eric Mittereder

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