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Godless Youth

  In a dystopian, performance-oriented society, adolescents struggle for good grades while their dreams are shattered by an indifferent system.  In a not-to-distant future, in which integration serves to protect Read More

Girls in Uniform

  After the death of her mother, teenage Manuela (Hertha Thiele) is sent off to a boarding school run by the autocratic Fräulein von Nordeck (Emilia Unda). Initially withdrawn from Read More

Sun Alley

  The opening to Sonnenallee hints that this fine new German comedy is going to offer a twist on the usual teenage coming-of-age story. With a screenplay by first-time director Read More

The Promise

  In 1961, shortly after the Berlin Wall is built, young lovers Konrad (August Zirner) and Sophie (Meret Becker) attempt to flee East Germany for West, but only Sophie manages Read More

Kaddish For A Friend

  A warm tale about an unlikely friendship between two lonely, displaced characters. Alexander is an 84-year-old Jewish war veteran who is desperate to remain living independently in his Berlin Read More

It Happened in Broad Daylight

  In Zurich, little blonde girls are disappearing and turning up dead. The villagers suspect a local man (Michel Simon), but his arrest proves to be a dead end in Read More

The Silent Revolution

  The film tells the story of a high school class in the communist German Democratic Republic, who have a moment of silence in their classroom for the victims of Read More

A Coffee in Berlin

  There’s a sharp commentary at the heart of writer-director Jan Ole Gerster’s debut feature, “A Coffee in Berlin” (originally titled “Oh Boy”), which swept up many of the major Read More

Almanya: Welcome to Germany

  After working for 45 years in Germany as a Turkish Gastarbeiter, or guest worker, Hüseyin Yilmaz, now in his 70s, announces to his family that he has bought a Read More

The Bridge

  In the waning days of World War II, as American forces overtake Germany, seven teenage boys are pulled from their small town’s school as emergency conscripts to repel the Read More