Film Countries Archives: Germany

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Under the Fig Trees

  Erige Sehiri

  Tunisia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Qatar     92 minutes

Synopsis

A truck filled with workers—women and men, young and old—arrives at an orchard at dawn. The youngest among them head up into the trees to pick figs under the watchful eye of the foreman. They are restless and eager in the summer heat, stealing away from work to catch up, gossip, squabble, and flirt. Over the course of a day in the harvest, each encounter between the workers on the cusp of adulthood is ripe with discovery and connection, as the older women share songs and reminiscences of lives lived and loves lost. Sun-dappled and sensual, Erige Sehiri’s fiction debut captures the promise of first love, the ephemerality of youth, and the sorrows of life with remarkable intimacy and tenderness.

 Arabic with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Sehiri Erige
*Subject to change

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 1:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Sehiri Erige
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Erige Sehiri, Didar Domehri
  •   Erige Sehiri, Ghalya Lacroix, Peggy Hamann
  •   Erige Sehiri, Hafedh Laaridhi, Ghalya Lacroix
  •   Frida Marzouk
  •   Fide Fdhili, Feten Fdhili, Ameni Fdhili, Samar Sifi, Leila Ouhebi, Hneya Ben Elhedi Sbahi, Gaith Mendassi, Abdelhak Mrabti, Fedi Ben Achour, Firas Amri
  •   Aymen Laabidi
  •   Heina Production, Maneki Films

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The Woodcutter Story Metsurin Tarina

  Mikko Myllylahti

  Finland, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany     98 minutes

Synopsis

Seemingly impervious to the perpetual darkness of winter, woodcutter Pepe radiates a cheery disposition to friends and family alike in the picturesque northern Finnish town where he lives. His resolve is tested, though, when a series of cataclysmic events begin to upend his life and throw his family into chaos. But even amid the turmoil, his optimism wins out. Anchored by a riotously deadpan lead performance and a wild cast of characters (including a child barber, a singing psychic, and a talking fish), the film is an absurd, hilarious fable that grows increasingly surreal minute by minute. Despite all the craziness swirling about in the Finnish winter, one must imagine Pepe happy.

 Finnish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 2:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Mikko Myllylahti
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Emilia Haukka, Jussi Rantamäki
  •   Mikko Myllylahti
  •   Jussi Rautaniemi F.C.E.
  •   Arsen Sarkisiants
  •   Jarkko Lahti, HP Björkman, Iivo Tuuri, Marc Gassot, Katja Küttner, Ulla Tapaninen, Armi Toivanen
  •   Jorma Kaulanen, Peter Albrectsen
  •   Jonas Struck
  •   Aamu Film Company, Keplerfilm, Beofilm, Achtung Panda!

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Pacifiction Tourment sur les îles

  Albert Serra

  France, Spain, Germany, Portugal     162 minutes

Synopsis

A mesmerizing, elliptical vision of declining colonial enterprise and imperialist corruption, Pacifiction swelters and sways in the heat of its Tahitian setting. France’s top man in the region, De Roller (Benoît Magimel) is an affable chameleon-like operator, equally adept at schmoozing with the indigenous population and navigating the political machinery of his home country. He’s lately become paranoid, as the mood on the island is shifting amid rumors of military destruction and gentrification. As he drifts through his days, attempting to keep everyone—himself included—on an even keel, tensions continue to rise. A film of mysterious, uncommon power.

 French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Media

Film Credits

  •   Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Albert Serra, Montse Triola, Dirk Decker, Andrea Schütte, Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves, Laurent Jacquemin
  •   Albert Serra
  •   Albert Serra, Artur Tort, Ariadna Ribas
  •   Sebastian Vogler
  •   Artur Tort
  •   Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Marc Susini, Matahi Pambrun
  •   Jordi Ribas
  •   Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson
  •   Idéale Audience Group, Andergraun Films, Tamtam Film, Rosa Filmes

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Piaffe

  Ann Oren

  Germany     86 minutes

Synopsis

After commercial Foley artist Zara is hospitalized for a nervous breakdown, her introverted sister Eva is thrust into her demanding job and becomes obsessed with creating the perfect sound effects for a spot featuring a horse. As Eva immerses herself more deeply into the craft, her body transforms in fantastical and unexpected ways. Invigorated and empowered by the changes to her physical form, she begins to explore newly awakened desires. Shot on stunningly vivid 16mm and featuring a hypnotic sound design, director Ann Oren describes her fiction debut best: “A love letter to the less recognized magicians of cinema and a playful celebration of otherness, Piaffe is an opportunity for viewers to see with their bodies and touch with their eyes.”

 English, German with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 8:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Ann Oren
*Subject to change

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 3:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director Ann Oren
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Kristof Gerega, Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried
  •   Ann Oren, Thais Guisasola
  •   Ann Oren, Haim Tabakman
  •   Ilaria Di Carlo
  •   Carlos Vasquez
  •   Simone Bucio, Sebastian Rudolph
, Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau
  •   Danylo Okulov
  •   Munsha, äbvsd, VTSS
  •   Schuldenberg Films

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A Piece of Sky Drii Winter

  Michael Koch

  Switzerland, Germany     136 minutes

Synopsis

A moving meditation on the patient nature of enduring love, A Piece of Sky tells the deeply human story of Marco and Anna. Marco, a man of few words distinct for his enormous size, takes a job as a farmhand in an idyllic village deep in the Swiss Alps. There, he meets Anna, a local dreamer with a daughter from a previous relationship. Against the backdrop of an ever-changing mountain landscape, a deep and powerful love blossoms between them—but Marco’s increasingly erratic behavior threatens their happiness. Is he losing control?

 Swiss-German with subtitles 

Content Warning

This film contains a potentially disturbing sexual situation.

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Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 7:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Producer Christof Neracher
*Subject to change

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 7:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Producer Christof Neracher
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Christof Neracher
  •   Michael Koch
  •   Florian Riegel
  •   Sara Giancane
  •   Armin Dierolf
  •   Michèle Brand, Simon Wisler, Elin Zgraggen, Daniela Barmettler
  •   Tobias Koch
  •   Tobias Koch, Jannik Giger
  •   Hugofilm Features
  •   https://neweuropefilmsales.com/movies/a-piece-of-sky/