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Zwischen uns der Fluss

Zwischen uns der Fluss

A film by Michael Klier. In German.

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Two very dif­fe­rent young women open up to each other: a quiet, but inten­se gene­ra­tio­nal por­trait from Michael Klier. The film was crea­ted in clo­se con­sul­ta­ti­on with both prot­ago­nists, who also intro­du­ced their own ide­as for dia­lo­gue and sto­ry­line. After a mili­tant envi­ron­men­tal demo, Alice (Lena Urzendowsky) is con­vic­ted of civil dis­o­be­dience and given a com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice sen­tence – loo­king after Cam (Kotti Yun), who has been trau­ma­ti­zed by a racist assault. When Cam deci­des against exten­ding her stay in the cli­nic, Alice takes in the mys­te­rious woman in her house in a nice midd­le-class area of Dresden. But Cam wants to go her own way.

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DE 2023, 95 Min.,
Regie: Michael Klier
Kamera: Jenny Lou Ziegel, Markus Koop
Schnitt: Gaya von Schwarze
mit: Kotti Yun, Lena Urzendowsky, Laura Tonke, Jeremias Meyer, Vu Dinh

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La Chimera

A film by Alice Rohrwacher. In Italian and English with German subtitles.

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Everyone has their own Chimera, some­thing they try to achie­ve but never mana­ge to find. For the band of tom­ba­ro­li, thie­ves of anci­ent gra­ve goods and archaeo­lo­gi­cal won­ders, the Chimera means redemp­ti­on from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, the Chimera looks like the woman he lost, Beniamina. To find her, Arthur chal­lenges the invi­si­ble, sear­ches ever­y­whe­re, goes insi­de the earth – in search of the door to the after­li­fe of which myths speak. In an adven­tur­ous jour­ney bet­ween the living and the dead, bet­ween forests and cities, bet­ween cele­bra­ti­ons and soli­tu­des, the intert­wi­ned desti­nies of the­se cha­rac­ters unfold, all in search of the Chimera.

Around the world in 14 films

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IT, FR, CH 2023, 134 Min., ital./engl. OmU
Regie: Alice Rohrwacher
Kamera: Hélène Louvart
Schnitt: Nelly Quettier
mit: Josh O’Connor, Carol Duarte, Isabella Rossellini, Alba Rohrwacher 

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LA CHIMERA (Official Trailer, OV/d)
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Evil does not exist

A film by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. In Japaneses with German subtitles.

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Urban ambi­ti­ons clash with natu­re in a quiet vil­la­ge clo­se to Tokyo

Takumi and his daugh­ter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, clo­se to Tokyo. Like gene­ra­ti­ons befo­re them, they live a mode­st life accor­ding to the cycles and order of natu­re. One day, the vil­la­ge inha­bi­tants beco­me awa­re of a plan to build a glam­ping site near Takumi’s house; offe­ring city resi­dents a com­for­ta­ble ‘escape’ to natu­re. When two com­pa­ny repre­sen­ta­ti­ves from Tokyo arri­ve in the vil­la­ge to hold a mee­ting, it beco­mes clear that the pro­ject will have a nega­ti­ve impact on the local water sup­p­ly, caus­ing unrest. The agency’s mis­mat­ched inten­ti­ons end­an­ger both the eco­lo­gi­cal balan­ce of the natu­re pla­teau and their way of life, with an after­math that affects Takumi’s life.

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Aku wa Sonzai Shinai (悪は存在しない)
JP 2023, 106 Min., japan. OmU
Regie: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Kamera: Yoshio Kitagawa
Schnitt: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi & Azusa Yamazaki
mit: Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryūji Kosaka,
Ayaka Shibutani

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Die Unschuld

A film by Hirokazu Kore-eda. In Japanese with German subtitles.

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A search for the truth on seve­ral levels, in which many things are not what they appear to be, recent­ly hono­red at Cannes.

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s cen­tral the­me, the fami­ly, is once again his start­ing point in this magni­fi­cent­ly orchestra­ted nar­ra­ti­ve. And once again the Japanese mas­ter direc­tor demons­tra­tes his keen power of obser­va­ti­on. In a nuan­ced way, he addres­ses such the­mes as arson, bul­ly­ing, ali­en­ati­on, and pre­ju­di­ce, approa­ching them from mul­ti­ple per­spec­ti­ves and get­ting the audi­ence to think about them. What makes a per­son a mons­ter? And who gets to deter­mi­ne that?

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Kaibutsu (Monster)
Japan 2023, 127 Min., japan. OmU
Regie & Schnitt: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Kamera: Kondo Ryuto
mit: Eita Nagayama, Sakura Ando, Soya Kurokawa, Yuko Tanaka, Hinata Hiragi, Mugino Saori

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Kraft der Utopie – Leben mit Le Corbusier in Chandigarh

A film by Karin Bucher and Thomas Karrer. In English and German with German subtitles.

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With the con­s­truc­tion of the Indian plan­ned city of Chandigarh, the Swiss and French archi­tect Le Corbusier com­ple­ted his life’s work 70 years ago. Chandigarh is a con­tro­ver­si­al syn­the­sis of the arts, a bold uto­pia of moder­ni­ty. The film accom­pa­nies four cul­tu­ral workers who live in the plan­ned city and reflects on Le Corbusier’s lega­cy, uto­pian urban ide­as and the cul­tu­ral dif­fe­ren­ces bet­ween East and West in an atmo­sphe­ri­cal­ly den­se narrative.

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CH 2023, 84 Min., engl., deut­sche OmU
Regie & Kamera: Karin Bucher, Thomas Karrer
Schnitt: Fabian Kaiser, Thomas Karrer, Mirjam Krakenberger

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Rückkehr nach Korsika

A film by Catherine Corsini. In French with German subtitles.

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Jessica and Farrah spend the sum­mer with their mother on Corsica, whe­re both sis­ters were born. The two ado­le­s­cents go swim­ming, have par­ties and make their first sexu­al expe­ri­en­ces. But the loca­ti­on also brings an old fami­ly trau­ma back to the sur­face – the three of them left the island 15 years ago under tra­gic cir­cum­s­tances. Director Catherine Corsini and her won­derful stars imbue the gen­re of the sum­mer movie with an unu­su­al depth – wit­hout for­get­ting about the holi­day feeling.

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FR 2023, 106 Min., franz. OmU
Regie: Catherine Corsini
Kamera: Jeanne Lapoirie
Schnitt: Frédéric Baillehaiche
mit: Aïssatou Diallo Sagna, Esther Gohourou, Suzy Bemba, Lomane de Dietrich, Cédric Appietto, Marie-Ange Géronimi, Harold Orsoni, Virginie Ledoyen, Denis Podalydès

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Perfect Days

Perfect Days

A film by Wim Wenders. In Japanses with German subtitles.

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Wim Wenders’ first films were cha­rac­te­ri­sed by the the­me of move­ment, and so it is no coin­ci­dence that the German filmmaker’s latest fic­tion fea­ture is remi­nis­cent of that lumi­nous peri­od in his fil­mo­gra­phy. The life of the mys­te­rious man who cle­ans public toi­lets in Tokyo (play­ed by Yakusho Koji) is defi­ned by quo­ti­di­an move­ment and obser­va­ti­on. The pro­di­gious secret of PERFECT DAYS lies in how it heigh­tens our per­cep­ti­on of all the tran­si­tio­nal acts that deter­mi­ne his working rou­ti­ne; dis­trac­tion is for­bidden here. Everything indi­ca­tes that clea­ning toi­lets and uri­nals is an unde­si­ra­ble task, but in Japan this task appears like an appro­pria­te pro­ce­du­re for a veri­ta­ble sci­ence of cle­an­li­ne­ss. And while it seems theo­re­ti­cal­ly implau­si­ble that a man with such a job reads Faulkner at night, is a music lover and pays atten­ti­on to the trees in order to pho­to­graph them with the sharp­ness of a pro­fes­sio­nal, such qua­li­ties and pas­si­ons can be seen as legi­ti­ma­te based on the other cha­rac­ters that appear in the film who duly reve­al some­thing of his past. Beauty and won­der are in equi­li­bri­um in all the sequen­ces, and sub­li­me­ly so when the dreams of this man who cle­ans bath­rooms are depic­ted. (Roger Koza)

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JP 2023, 124 Min., japan. OmU
Regie: Wim Wenders
Kamera: Franz Lustig
Schnitt: Toni Froschhammer
mit: Koji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano, Aoi Yamada, Yumi Aso, Sayuri Ishikawa, Tomokazu Miura as Tomoyama

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PERFECT DAYS | TRAILER (OmdU)
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