KINO! Film Salon: In the Aisles
KINO! Film Salon is a monthly online club to discuss films from Germany.
How it works: Each month we choose a German film or series currently available to stream on U.S. platforms, watch it independently, and come together for a hosted conversation with other fans of German film.
In our July session, we will discuss Thomas Stuber’s darkly comic romance In the Aisles, starring Franz Rogowski and Sandra Hüller as two employees drawn together. The film takes place in a gargantuan supermarket, with a keen eye for the absurdity of the daily grind, in all its quotidian drudgery. Initially hinting at a kind of suburban meet-cute, the film’s flirtation with convention is a large part of its considerable charm, unafraid to lean into the best tropes of the genre, yet more than happy to suggest the erotic tension of a breakroom coffee machine. The lead performances by Rogowski and Hüller, abetted by veterans Matthias Brenner and Peter Kurth, among others, are a tour de force of awkward chemistry and effortless charisma, adding heft and direction to a film of surprising subtlety and nuance. In the Aisles is an idiosyncratic, irresistible treat.
Hosted by Jim Kolmar
Jim programs for SXSW and Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, and was a founding committee member of Festival Internacional de Cine Tulum (FICTU). He has participated in numerous international festival juries, panels, and committees.
KINO! Film Salon is a production of Telescope Film, in partnership with the German Film Office.
In den Gängen
Dir. Thomas Stuber
With Franz Rogowski, Sandra Hüller, Peter Kurth