Das Filmfest: Oct. 22-24 at The Little

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Das Filmfest: Oct. 22-24 at The Little

Das Filmfest is coming to The Little in October! Check below for the lineup, and ticket information. This is the first Das Filmfest, it features contemporary German, Austrian, and Swiss films.

Saturday, October 22

6:00 p.m: Usfahrt Oerlike
Switzerland. Drama. 94 minutes. Swiss German with English subtitles.
***East Coast Premiere***

Synopsis: When Hans looks back, he tells himself that life has been good. He saw the world, loved his wife Martha and yes, two or three things went wrong. But that doesn’t need to be talked about. And now? Martha has been dead for two years now, Hans can barely manage his daily routine, and after a visit to the vet Miller, his beloved dog, doesn’t return home. Hans is tired. Basically he can’t be bothered anymore. He would like to die. But that is something one doesn’t talk about. At best maybe with Willi, his friend. He trusts him, he considers him his ally who enlists to help him implement his plan. Willi the true friend, who will support him until the very end… (Hofer Filmtage)

8:30 p.m: Streif: One Hell of a Ride
Austria. Documentary. 110 minutes. German and English.
FREE, courtesy of Red Bull

Synopsis: For 75 years, the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria, has produced unforgettable triumphs and heartrending tragedies, a heritage that is full of myths and legends. Nowhere else is skiing celebrated so intensely. The city, the nation, and the entire winter sports world go crazy for the battles that play out on the slopes, and the race down the Streif is the most anticipated event of all - the Super Bowl of skiing. (Warren Miller Entertainment)

Sunday, October 23

1:00 p.m.: Schellen-Ursli
Switzerland. Family. 104 minutes. Swiss German with English subtitles. 

Synopsis: Up in the Swiss Alps, just above a small town, lives Ursli with his parents, their animals, and his best friend Sereina who often comes to visit. He is a real mountain boy and has a special gift for caring and understanding animals. When late summer arrives, Ursli and his parents make their way down to the village, transporting their harvest by horse carriage. Suddenly, an accident occurs and they lose it all over a cliff. (German World)

4:00 p.m.: Hördur 
Germany. Drama. 80 minutes. German with English subtitles. 

Synopsis: Aylin, age 17, finds herself caught between worlds: A world of accepting her mother’s death or not. A world of struggling to survive as a Turkish family in Germany or returning home. Most importantly, a world of facing her fears at school to succeed or to remain in violent isolation. She finds answers in the story of Hördur (the horse): an Icelandic pony is never allowed to return once it leaves its homeland. By developing the courage to challenge her status in the world, Aylin develops a bridge to self-discovery, and like Hördur, never looks back. (Providence Children’s Film Festival)

6:00 p.m.: Verfehlung
Germany. Drama. 95 minutes. German with English subtitles. 

Synopsis: Catholic minister of a state penitentiary Jakob Voelz would be more than happy to believe this statement as his hieratical colleague and best friend Dominik Bertram is arrested under suspicion of sexual abuse. Yet, what Jakob is beginning to suspect but doesn't want to know, becomes a crucial test for his faith and his self-conception as a priest: There is a truth we welcome and there is a truth we fear, about which we tend to fall silent. As Jakob begins to turn against that silence within the church, he is taught a lesson – the church is a mother, and one does not beat a mother. But finally Jakob must raise his hand... (Plutofilm)

8:30 p.m.: Der letzte Mentsch
Germany, Switzerland, France. Drama. 89 minutes. German, Hungarian, Hebrew, English and Yiddish with English subtitles. 

Synopsis: Born Mena’hem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz has denied his Jewish heritage all his life. After surviving the horrors of Auschwitz, he sought to forget the trauma by creating a new identity for himself in Germany, one without Jewish friends or ties. Now faced with his own mortality, he suddenly decides he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. But much to his dismay, his word is not enough for the rabbis; he must prove that he is, in fact, Jewish. But with all his family gone and no remaining records, he has no evidence, save for the faded tattoo on his forearm. Marcus’s only hope is to return to the Hungarian village he grew up in to try to find proof of his birth. Needing a way to get there, he enlists a young Turkish woman to drive him. The unlikely duo—a sullen chain smoker and a gruff old man—set out on a road trip across Europe that will end up irrevocably changing them both. (Jewish Film Festival and Films)

Monday, October 24

6:00 p.m.: Next Generation Short Tiger 2015
Germany. Short films. 84 minutes. Various languages. 

Synopsis: The short film program NEXT GENERATION was created by German Films in 1998 to introduce young talents from Germany to international audiences. Selected from film school submissions by an independent jury, the program premieres within the framework of the Cannes Film Festival and is then presented worldwide at Festivals of German Films and is also available for screenings at international film festivals. Since 2011, German Films has cooperated with the German Federal Film Board (FFA) to present the nominees of their annual SHORT TIGER Award as part of the program, now called NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER.

Lineup:
• 3 Postcards by Stefan Gieren
• Bär by Pascal Flörks
• Geschützter Raum [Safe Space] by Zora Rux
• Herman the German by Michael Binz
• Lure by Linda Luitz, Wunna Winter
• Nicht zu Früh, Nicht zu Spät [Not Too Early, Not Too Late] by Miraz Bezar
• Nuggets by Andreas Hykade
• Phobos by Noah Schuller
• The Present by Jacob Frey
• Qalqiliya’s Zoo by Michael Schaff, Thomas Toth
• Whole by Verena Klinger, Robert Banning
• Wrapped by Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann

8:30 p.m.: Lichtgestalten
Germany. Drama. 81 minutes. German with English subtitles.
***U.S. Premiere***

Synopsis: Katharina (Theresa Scholze) and Steffen (Max Riemelt) seem like the quintessential successful Berlin couple – they have well-paying jobs, a loving relationship and a spectacular apartment. One night, fed up with the predictability of their lives, they decide on a radical change: They’re going to extinguish all traces of their existence and start over. They set up a camera to film the process, hoping others will follow their lead. They begin to destroy their belongings, empty their bank accounts and erase the digital remnants of their lives. Even from their best friends, the couple Robert and Paul, they intend to hide their plan to disappear forever. As everything around them breaks into pieces, their film takes a turn of its own – and their secretive revolution becomes a fight for their love. (Official website)