A Ming secret policeman defends the dynasty against his traitorous boss, interrogating Hong Kong directors previous metamorphic use of the late Ming period. Donnie Yen and Vicki Zhao Wei star in this action blockbuster. Director: Daniel Lee China 2010, 114 mins, Cert. 15
The first full-length feature by feminist activist and documentarist Helke Sander, REDUPERS takes the temperature of West German sexual and social politics ten years on from the student revolts of 1968. Set in divided Berlin, the film uses the form of the film essay to reflect on parallels between the fractured life of its single mother and photographer protagonist Edda, and the traumatic divide that separates the city’s east and west. Introduced by Erica Carter, Professor of German and Film at King’s College, London. In association with the Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network.
Director: Helke Sander West Germany, 1977, 98 mins, Cert. 15
F W Murnau’s last German film, and a late masterpiece of Expressionism, Faust is a showcase for the striking visual effects of Weimar cinema in its heyday. In his potent cinematic version of this German folk legend, Murnau draws not least on Goethe’s epic poem.The rise and fall of a man drawn into a pact with the devil in his overreaching pursuit of knowledge and power suggests an allegory of modern humanity, and perhaps of modern Germany in particular. Introduced by Professor Andrew Webber, University of Cambridge. In association with Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network.
Director: F W Murnau Germany, 1946, 85 mins, Cert. PG
Wolfgang Staudte’s film is a realistic portrayal of a German man and woman learning to live and love again among flattened buildings and spiritual emptiness. The first film to be made in Germany after the Second World War, it is worth seeing for the footage of Berlin ruins alone. But it is also a brave and nuanced exploration of German guilt, released only two weeks after the Nuremberg trials indicted senior Nazis for crimes committed in their names. Introduced by Lara Feigel, King’s College London. In association with Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network.
Director: Wolfgang Staudte Germany, 1946, 85 min, Cert. PG
This uncompromising tale of unlikely love between two German Turks sees Cahit enter a marriage of convenience with Sibel, having met after both had tried to commit suicide. Cahit’s subsequent imprisonment and Sibel’s flight to Istanbul probes ideas of belonging in this tale of identity, loss and love. In association with Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network.
Director: Fatih Akin Germany, 2004, 121 min,Cert. 18
In this charming and opulent musical, the young Zhengde Emperor (r. 1505 - 1521), defies his mother, disguises himself as a commoner, and leaves the palace. He falls for a village beauty only to abandon her after she becomes pregnant with his child.