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Coming Out
Although he has a girlfriend who is expecting his child, Philipp, a young teacher in Berlin, meets Matthias and falls in love. After years of repressing his homosexuality, he must finally accept himself for who he truly is. The first…
The Silent Star - Der schweigende Stern
The first science-fiction film brought out in East Germany, THE SILENT STAR is based on Stanislaw Lem's mysterious novel, The Astronauts (1951). In it, an international expedition is sent to Venus to decipher a message found in the Gobi desert…
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The Decent One - The Life of Heinrich Himmler
In 1945 a young soldier comes into the possession of a suitcase filled with private letters, documents, journals and photographs belonging to Heinrich Himmler. THE DECENT ONE uses these extraordinary, never-before-seen materials to access the deluded, unwavering and unnerving life…
The Fiancée - Die Verlobte
Germany, 1934: Hella Lindau and her fiance Hermann Reimers are members of an anti-Nazi resistance group. When they are betrayed, Hella takes the blame and is sentenced to ten years in prison for high treason. Though Hermann is not allowed…
The Architects - Die Architekten
Filmed as the GDR crumbled, this somber, finely drawn portrait of life in East Berlin depicts a young architect whose life and goals are strangled by communist dogma represented by the older generation. THE ARCHITECTS was one of the first…
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Phoenix
June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (Nina Hoss, Barbara , Homeland ) returns to her hometown, Berlin. She's accompanied by Lene (Nina Kunzendorf, Woman in Gold ), a Jewish Agency employee and Nelly's friend from pre-war…
The Murderers are Among Us - Die Mörder sind unter uns
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
In 1945, after three years in a concentration camp, the artist Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to a Berlin in ruins. Shot in the rubble of Berlin just a year after WWII, The Murderers Are among Us was the first…
A Blind Hero - The Love of Otto Weidt
At Yad Vashem, the Berlin brushmaker Otto Weidt is listed as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. But Weidt's story has otherwise been overlooked until now. A Blind Hero finally brings the story of his daring and cunning rescue…
The Red Orchestra - Inside a Nazi Resistance Party
The Red Orchestra was a resistance group that fought against Nazi power within Germany from 1933 to 1942. The Gestapo labeled them as communists and traitors for their efforts to put an end to Hitler's reign -- a theory that…
The 1936 Olympic Games - Nazi Secrets at the Berlin Olympics
Berlin, Germany. August 1936. Hundreds of thousands of spectators gather to watch as Hitler and the Olympic delegates arrived at the opening ceremony. Olympic flags hang cheerfully side-by-side to the banners bearing the Nazi swastika. What really happened behind-the-scenes at…
The Devil's Three Golden Hairs - Wer reisst denn gleich vor'm Teufel aus
In this classic German fairy tale by the brothers Grimm, Jacob must get the Devil's three golden hairs in order to save his own life and marry the beautiful princess. When the king hands Jacob his death sentence in a…
Phantom
Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Foundation is proud to present, Phantom , which marked a major turning point in the influential career and the groundbreaking style of cinema poet F.W. Murnau. In this beautifully reconstructed and restored edition from…
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Jacob the Liar - Jakob der Lügner
In his bittersweet comedy loaded with human quirks and nuance, Jacob invents news reports to bolster the spirits of the other Jews living in his Polish ghetto under Nazi occupation. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in…
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Held for Questioning - Der Aufenthalt
Based on Hermann Kant's autobiographical novel, the acclaimed film HELD FOR QUESTIONING raises existential questions about crime and punishment, as well as obedience and responsibility. In the fall of 1945, a few months after the end of WWII, 19-year-old German…
The Last Metro
Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve star as members of a French theater company living under the German occupation during World War II in Francois Truffaut's gripping, humanist character study. Against all odds--a Jewish theater manager in hiding; a leading man…
Seven Freckles - Sieben Sommersprossen
Caroline and Robert knew each other from when they were children. Years later, they meet again at summer camp and fall in love. But being alone together is made difficult by the rigorous daily routine at the camp. In addition,…
Lore
Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother, staunch Nazi believers, are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the…
Sabine Kleist, Age 7 - Sabine Kleist, 7 Jahre
Since her parents died in a car accident, Sabine has lived in an orphanage. When Edith--her beloved caretaker and the only adult she trusts--leaves to have a baby, Sabine runs away. Like Alice in Wonderland, the spunky little girl wanders…
Goya - Goya oder der arge Weg der Erkenntnis
As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV of Spain, Goya has attained wealth and reputation. He believes in king and church, but he is also a Spaniard who dearly loves his people - a contradiction that presents…
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Trace of Stones - Spur der Steine
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
Based on Erik Neutsch's novel of the same title, TRACE OF STONES is a complex political drama blended with an at times comic triangular love story. Foreman Balla is the self-proclaimed king of a massive construction site. His co-workers stick…
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