Tales of Folly
The films in this edition of Open Air Film Night
present three very different stories: from a film by director Wolfgang Becker about an ambitious art writer hunting for glory, who takes advantage of a once-famous but now forgotten artist; to a comedy by acclaimed director Fatih Akin about a man attempting to protect his restaurant business; and Christian Schwochow’s tragi-comic look at the fall of the Berlin Wall, told from the point of view of the border guards at the checkpoint where it all began.
© ARD UfaFiction Nik Konietzy
Director: Christian Schwochow (Germany, colour, 88 min., 2014, German with English subtitles)
9 November, 1989: At the Bornholmer Straße border checkpoint in Berlin, GDR soldiers and customs officers are shocked by an announcement made by Günter Schabowski, member of the Central Committee of the Politburo of the SED that all East German citizens will be allowed to cross into the West. Many people are caught up in the euphoria – and not realising that they still require a passport and visa, head straight to their nearest checkpoint. Lieutenant Colonel Schäfer and his men still don’t know what will be in store for them later that evening. It ends with the border being opened – the beginning of the end for the GDR. Bornholmer Straße
is a magnificently ironic and astonishingly moving comedy about hope meeting despair and heroes who have no desire to be such.
© X Verleih, Gordon Photography
Me And Kaminski (Ich und Kaminski)
Director: Wolfgang Becker (German, colour, 120 min., 2013-15, German with English subtitles)
Art critic Sebastian Zöllner is on the hunt for glory. He wants to write a tell-all book about Manuel Kaminski, a once prominent, now almost forgotten painter, pupil of Matisse and friend of Picasso, who’s retreated to a chalet in Graubünden and has long been blind. Zöllner tracks him down, unscrupulously invades his life, steals some of his late paintings, and entices him to travel to Belgium, where Kaminski's childhood sweetheart Theresa, who’s long been assumed dead, is thought to live. On the way, Zöllner begins to suspect that the old man might have the advantage over him.
© corazon international / Gordon Timpen Birol Ünel, Adam Bousdoukos (v.l.n.r.)
Director: Fatih Akin (German, colour, 99 min., 2008-09, German with English subtitles)
Fatih Akin, the director of Head-On
and The Edge of Heaven
, presents a boisterous comedy. A German-Greek restaurateur is forced to defend his bistro, Soul Kitchen
, against property sharks, tax authorities and his gambling-addicted brother when it becomes one of Hamburg’s trendy locations.
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