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After retired judge and widower Ernst Blessing (Jürgen Prochnow) loses his estranged daughter in a traffic accident, he must come to terms with his past and his loneliness when he is forced to assume responsibility for his two grandchildren until their Kurdish father is out of the hospital. Without his daughter, Ernst struggles to bridge the gap between his stolid ways and the multicultural background and experience of the youngest generation.
Links: IMDB, ZDF (Trailer), YouTube (Full movie)
A young German-Turkish woman, Hülya (Sadic), returns from Germany to her late father’s small mountain village in Turkey to write about him. As she learns more about him, she finds her impression of him shifting, nebulous and not wholly positive, and time and place itself become disoriented.
Links: IMDB, Film Portal, Vimeo (Trailer)
The “European Visions” omnibus includes 25 short films from the 25 countries that constituted the European Union in 2004. The project was inspired by Lars von Trier. Filmmakers had five minutes to explore the theme of “Europe.”
The German segment (number 23) is titled “Die alten bösen Lieder” and was directed by Fatih Akin. It was intended to be a filmic interpretation of Heinrich Heine’s 1840 poem of the same name, which had already been set to music by Robert Schumann. “I wanted to depict a very subjective perception of Europe and in my case that is a kind of love-hate-relationship,” Akin has said of the film.
Links: IMDB, Film Portal
Genre(s): Short film
Theme(s): Europe; Poetry; Visions of Europe; EU
Germany-based Turkish filmmaker Asli Özarslan’s documentary introduces us to the performers at the Berlin theater Ballhaus Naunynstraße, which features mostly actors and directors with immigrant backgrounds.