Film screening In times of diminishing light

The screening was banned by the Ministry of Culture: "The film is not suitable for a presentation in Vietnam."

After the eponymous novel by Eugen Ruge. Director: Matti Geschonneck 
Thursday, 10.05.2018, 7.30 PM
Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-60 Nguyễn Thái Học, Ba Đình, Hà Nội
Free Entrance
2017, German with vietnamese subtitles, 100 min. FSK: 0

1989 - Autumn dusk in the GDR. Well-deserved party member Wilhelm Powileit celebrates his 90th birthday – honored by party cadres, a choir of pioneers, relatives and friends. But the festivity in his East Berlin villa takes a tragic turn. Wilhelm, terrificly played by Bruno Ganz, must take the bitter note that his grandson has fled to the West. Matti Geschonneck's tragicomic chamber play captivates with its excellent actors and profound family debauchery.
In comparison with the book, scenes from the 1950s to the 1970s are not shown in the film. They At best they occur in narratives and dialogues of the protagonists. The second most important character in the film is Kurt Umnitzer (Sylvester Groth), while the book tell the story from the different perspectives of the family members. The time after the fall of the wall and up to the early 2000´s is not covered by the film.

Press echo

There are not many films that credibly portray the former GDR with its stiffness, dreaminess, hopes, savor and quiet humor. This is definitely one of them.
Die Zeit

The movie adaptation lacks what can be called literary about Ruge's novel.

Here you can look into a world that is not content with façade.
Der Spiegel