Thursday, February 11, 2016

Das war die DDR

That was the GDR - Chapter 1-7
The lively, seven-chapter documentary about the zeitgeist and the history of the GDR, which is told from the perspective of those affected. From citizens to once mighty politicians witnesses to speak, which report on the everyday worries and problems, but also the hopes that were linked to the social state.

Chapter 1: I was a citizen of the GDRFormer GDR citizens share experiences, feelings and their personal attitude. Politicians like Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Valentin Falin and civil rights activists like Ulrike Poppe to speak.

Chapter 2: From the Zone to StateThe documentary reconstructs how it could come to the construction of the Wall on August 13 1961.

Chapter 3: From Plan to bankruptcyThis film shows the development of the GDR planned economy from its beginnings to the failure.

Chapter 4: In caring for the peopleAt the center of the Honecker era and the social policy program of the SED "unity of economic and social policy" is.

Chapter 5: Spirit and powerThe history of literature and art in the GDR is determined repeatedly by state regulations.

Chapter 6: Shield and SwordThe Ministry for State Security was the main instrument of power since its inception the 1950s. A gigantic surveillance apparatus is visible.

Chapter 7: We are the people... Call 70,000 people in the streets of Leipzig. A film from the end of the GDR.

Synopsis from Amazon Translated using Google Trainslate

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In the Garden of Sounds

From the time he was a child Wolfgang Fasser knew he'd be blind in his twenties. But as darkness descended, a whole new world began to open up to him: the world of sound. He marveled at its richness and nuance, at how it moved him and made him connect with nature and with the people around him. Setting aside his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, Wolfgang became a physical therapist to severely disabled children. While their parents endeavor to accommodate their needs, it is in Wolfgang that the children find a true friend. In a Swiss hamlet tucked away in the mountains he has constructed a safe haven in which the children can explore and create sound through cymbals, drums, piano or feel sound resonate through their bodies on a therapeutic bed of chords... The tension in their bodies gradually dissipates as they open to the mysteries of sound and music. Wolfgang's immense capacity for compassion and patience creates an environment of unconditional love and respect in which these children blossom. In his directorial debut, Nicola Bellucci focuses with quiet reverence on Wolfgang Fasser just as he does on the children in his care. The result is transcendent.

How to Start a Revolution

Directed by British journalist Ruaridh Arrow the film follows the use of Gene Sharp's work across revolutionary groups throughout the world. There is particular focus on Sharp's key text From Dictatorship to Democracy which has been translated by democracy activists into more than 30 languages and used in revolutions from Serbia and Ukraine to Egypt and Syria. The film describes how Sharp's 198 methods of nonviolent action have inspired and informed uprisings across the globe.

Directed byRuaridh Arrow
Produced byRichard Shaw; Cailean Watt, assistant producer; James Otis, executive producer
Written byRuaridh Arrow
StarringGene Sharp, Jamila Raqib, Colonel Robert "Bob" Helvey, Srđa Popović, Ahmed Maher, Ausama Monajed
CinematographyPhilip Bloom
Edited byMike Crozier, Lorrin Braddick
Distributed byTVF International
Release dates
  • 18 September 2011 (2011-09-18)
Running time
85 minutes


Nefertiti's Daughters

Nefertiti's Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, it spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti placed her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women's rights and freedom in Egypt today. 
Written by Mark Nickolas

The Lady

In 1947, when Aung San Suu Kyi is two years old, her father Aung San leads Burma to independence. But soon afterwards, on 19 July 1947, he along with a group of his colleagues is assassinated by a group of armed men in uniform. As an adult Suu Kyi goes to England, finds a loving husband, and has a happy family life. But in 1988 her mother's poor health forces her to return to Burma where her father, Aung San, is still widely remembered. When she visits her mother in the hospital in 1988, she meets many of the people who are wounded during the Tatmadaw's crackdown in the 8888 Uprising. She realises that political change is needed in Burma and is soon drawn into the movement to promote reform. She accepts the role of icon in support of self-determination by the Burmese people and devotes herself to activities in support of goals of greater political freedoms.Suu Kyi founds a political party and clearly wins the 1990 elections. However, the Burmese military refuse to accept the result of the election and move to bring Suu Kyi under control. She and her family become separated when her husband and children are banned from Burma and she is put under a house arrest for more than a decade.Yet their relentless struggling for Suu Kyi's recognition outside Burma is her guarantee she won't be forgotten and cannot disappear unnoticed. Due to her family's efforts, she becomes the first woman in Asia to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Yet their separation continues because Suu Kyi can neither attend the ceremony nor can her husband Michael Aris see her one last time before his early death.

Directed byLuc Besson
Produced byVirginie Besson-Silla
Andy Harries
Jean Todt
Written byRebecca Frayn
StarringMichelle Yeoh
David Thewlis
Jonathan Woodhouse
Music byÉric Serra
Sade (band)
CinematographyThierry Arbogast
Edited byJulien Rey
Left Bank Pictures
France 2 Cinéma
Distributed byEuropaCorp (France)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • 12 September 2011 (2011-09-12) (TIFF)
  • 30 November 2011 (2011-11-30) (France)
  • 30 December 2011 (2011-12-30) (UK)
Running time
135 minutes
United Kingdom
Budget€22.1 million
Box office$3.4 million


babo 73

Taylor Mead plays the president of the United Status, who, when he isn’t at the White House—a dilapidated Victorian—conducts his top-secret affairs on a deserted beach. Robert Downey Sr.’s first feature is a rollicking, slapstick, ultra-low-budget 16 mm comedy experiment that introduced a twisted new voice to the New York underground.

The Man from London

The film concerns a middle-aged railway pointsman, Maloin (Miroslav Krobot), who lives in a decrepit apartment in a port town with his highly-strung wife Camélia (Tilda Swinton) and his daughter Henriette (Erika Bók). One night while in his viewing tower at the port's rail terminus, Maloin witnesses a fight on the dockside. One of the shady combatants is knocked into the water along with the briefcase he carries; when the other flees the dark quayside, Maloin makes a clandestine descent from the tower and retrieves the briefcase, which he finds full of sodden English banknotes. Maloin conceals the money and tells no-one of what he has seen. The next morning, he visits a tavern where he plays chess with the barkeep (Gyula Pauer). On his way home, he stops by the butcher's where his daughter works, and finds to his indignation that they have her washing the floor. Later, from the window of his apartment, he notices Brown (János Derzsi) watching him from below. At dinner, Maloin is increasingly irascible, addressing Henriette brusquely and arguing with Camélia. Meanwhile, Brown searches the water at the dock's edge without success before noticing the watchtower overlooking the quayside, and Maloin within.

Directed byBéla Tarr
Ágnes Hranitzky
Produced byHumbert Balsan
Christoph Hahnheiser
Juliusz Kossakowski (executive producer)
Paul Saadoun
Gábor Téni
Joachim von Vietinghoff
Miriam Zachar
Written byGeorges Simenon (novel)
Béla Tarr
László Krasznahorkai
StarringMiroslav Krobot
Tilda Swinton
Janos Derzsi
Istvan Lenart
Music byMihály Vig
CinematographyFred Kelemen
Edited byÁgnes Hranitzky
13 Production
Black Forest Films
Cinema Soleil
TT Filmmuhely
Von Vietinghoff Filmproduktion
Distributed byFortissimo Films
Artificial Eye
IFC Films
Release dates
  • 23 May 2007 (2007-05-23) (2007 Cannes Film Festival)
Running time
139 minutes
Budget€4.3 million