Film Screening Pop Up Film Haus: Herzsprung

Herzsprung Photo (detail): © DEFA Stiftung Helga Paris

Wed, 04/17/2019


Stray Cat Film Center

What´s left? Films from former East Germany

As part of the 2018-2019 initiative Year of German-American Friendship, encompassed by the motto “Wunderbar Together”, Goethe Pop Up Kansas City invites everyone to its Pop Up Film Haus to discover German cinema through a curated selection of films. Each film will be shown in German with English subtitles.
Together with our partner Stray Cat Film Center, we invite you to What’s left? Films from former East Germany, a series of film screenings curated by Dr. Larson Powell, Professor of Film Studies at UMKC. Dr. Powell will lead a discussion after each screening about the film’s content and contexts, its relation to film history, and its artistic form and style.
This week’s screening at Stray Cat Film Center:

Herzsprung (1992)
Director: Helke Misselwitz
Cast: Claudia Geisler, Ben Becker, Tatjana Besson 
In the little town of Herzsprung almost nothing has changed since German unification—except a rise in unemployment. Johanna, a young mother and widow, becomes one of the unemployed and lives on welfare. To make matters worse, her husband commits suicide. Only the stranger Manuel seems to be able to comfort her. However, the people in the village strongly refuse him and threaten to destroy Johanna's last hope and love. 
Herzsprung is the feature film debut of director Helke Misselwitz (Winter Adé, 1988).
The Pop Up Film Haus is part of the project Wunderbar: A Celebration of German Film. From Beloved Sisters to A Coffee in Berlin and Young Goethe in Love, from The Blue Angel to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - we are celebrating German-American friendship with our partner Kanopy by bringing 48 German films to your screens.