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Blog: German filmXchange Takes German Filmmakers on Tour to American Universities

August 21, 2019

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As a part of Wunderbar Together, German Films is organizing a tour of five films in partnership with American universities in the Midwest to foster German-American relations. The focus is on films by talented German filmmakers who grew up in multicultural environments.

The tour will visit five locations between September 15 and 30. Artists involved in the production of these films will be present at selected screenings to discuss their work and the artistic process.

The dialogue between the filmmakers and students at these screenings is intended to encourage them to develop their own cinematic narrative style. Further, it aims to paint film as a medium for addressing social conflicts and redefining audience perspectives on social issues.

Workshops and public screenings will give young students from the College of Wooster (Ohio), Minnesota State University (Minnesota), the University of Illinois (Illinois), Aquinas College (Michigan), and Grand Valley State University (Michigan) an opportunity to gain an insight into current German cinema and have a more intensive exchange of ideas with the visiting artists Asli Özge, Emre Erkmen, Neelesha Barthel, and Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay.

The five films that will be touring the country are: All Of A Sudden (dir. Asli Özge), Only God Can Judge Me (dir. Özgur Yilderim), THF: Central Airport (dir. Karim Aïnouz), Marry Me! (dir. Neelesha Barthel), and Oray (dir. Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay). Find a schedule of events and a screening near you here.

Grab some popcorn and read the official synopsis of each film below!

ALL OF A SUDDEN by Asli Özge

Evidence appears to mount against Karsten, after Anna, a supposed stranger, dies in his apartment in the early morning hours after a party. As suspicion grows—from his girlfriend, his workplace, and the media—his privileged world begins to unravel. Not only a dark thriller, ALL OF A SUDDEN also unspools as a scathing critique of the power of bourgeois superiority to triumph against all odds.

ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME by Özgur Yilderim

After a botched robbery attempt five years ago, Ricky went to jail for his brother Rafael and his buddy Latif. Now that’s he’s back out of jail, Latif wants to show his gratitude: He says he has a sure-fire scheme to get rich quick. Ricky could use the money to set up his new life. Ricky hesitates at first, but then agrees. Complications arise as soon as preparations start. Ricky is forced to take Rafael aboard, whom he really wanted to keep out of trouble. Things keep going awry, especially in the form of hard-up policewoman Diana, who’s in need of cash and develops considerable criminal energy of her own trying to foil the boys’ plan in an unforeseen way.

THF: CENTRAL AIRPORT by Karim Aïnouz

Berlin’s historic defunct Tempelhof Airport remains a place of arrivals and departures. Today its massive hangars are used as Germany’s largest emergency shelter for asylum seekers, like 18-year-old Syrian refugee Ibrahim. As Ibrahim adjusts to his transitory daily life of social services interviews, German lessons and medical exams, he tries to cope with homesickness and the anxiety of whether or not he will gain residency or be deported.

MARRY ME! By Neelesha Barthel

Marriage? Eternal Love? Forget about it! But, what if suddenly, as a convinced single, you would need to stage a Bollywood-style wedding and not just as a guest but as the bride herself? And what if while pretending to marry your ex-boyfriend you would be unable to resist falling in love … with an innocent bystander?

ORAY by Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

Oray strives to be a better person but struggles with his shady past. His dream of being a good Muslim and the perfect husband is suddenly shattered while arguing with his wife. Oray goes to Cologne, where he tries to rebuild his life in a new Muslim community. But he is constantly torn between his faith, everyday reality and identity.

 

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