Metropolis: Reconstructed & Restored

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The Electric Cinema in Birmingham is showing the newly reconstructed and restored version of Fritz Lang’s science fiction movie “Metropolis“, a fascinating early critique of industry and capitalism. The stunning visual effects and the strong influence of German expressionism still manage to impress even today’s tech-savvy audiences.

In 2008, previously thought destroyed footage was discovered in a film museum in Buenos Aires, which means that Fritz Lang’s original vision is finally available to modern audiences.

Where and when: Electric Cinema, Station Street, Sat 18th, Sun 19th, Tue 21st and Thu 23rd September, 3pm

To watch the trailer, click on the poster.

Hans-Christian Schmid’s Film ‘Storm’ showing at Birmingham International Film Society 30 Sept 2010

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Don’t miss your chance to see the award winning film Storm by one of Germany’s most talented and multi-facetted directors. Well-known for popular films such as Crazy, Lichter or the internationally successful Requiem, Schmid is never afraid to tackle controversial issues and his films serve to illustrate the effect of socio-political problems on people’s everyday lives.

In Storm he examines the aftermath of the Yugoslav war and looks at the difficult work of the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, caught between political interests and the cause of humanity, and portrays the victims’ painful struggle for justice.

 The film will be shown at the Library Theatre, next to the Central Library at Paradise Place. Tickets are only £2.50 for students!

For more information, click here. More information about the film: in English and German.

To watch the theatrical trailer, click on the poster.

Congratulations, Aston Triangle Cinema Club!

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Founded in 2009, Aston Triangle Cinema Club has successfully completed its first year. Dedicated to screening film classics as well as world cinema and works by new filmmakers, the cinema club offers the opportunity to see a different film every week, often introduced by a member of Aston staff. The club is currently open to all students and staff at Aston and hopes to “go public” next year in order to contribute to the wider cultural activities of Birmingham.

Included in this year’s programme of high quality and interesting films from around the world were two German contributions. Dr Mairead Ni Bhriain gave an introduction to the hugely successful Academy Award winner The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) – a riveting tale of betrayal and redemption set in communist East Germany – and Dr Claudia Gremler showed the lesser known but equally enthralling Cherry Blossoms (Kirschblüten – Hanami) by Germany’s most popular female film director Doris Dörrie. Very sad and silently funny at the same time, it tells the story of Bavarian widower Rudi who has lost his wife and travels to Japan to find her and to get in touch with his true inner self. More entertaining than you might expect from this synopsis, this powerful and inspiring meditation on life and death touches on the important issues of love and friendship, celebrates intercultural encounters and shows us that you sometimes need to travel far to find what has been hiding inside you.

 (click here to read Claudia’s review of Dörrie’s book which complements the film (in German)

 Click on the links to see trailers of The Lives of Others and Cherry Blossoms.

Auf der anderen SeiteNext year’s films at Aston Triangle Cinema Club will include German-Turkish director Fatih Akin’s 2007 masterpiece The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) – so there’s definitely something to look forward to and you can already catch a little preview here.