Filmnacht / Film Night

  • 7:30 p.m. / 19.30 UhrAdmission: $10-20, no one turned away for lack of funds.

  • Normalerweise jeden vierten Samstag alle zwei Monate, Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies, Oakland. Seating limited. Usually, on the fourth Saturday every other month, we're screening a German, or German-related, film. We are showing popular or little-known film gems (usually in German with English subtitles), followed by a moderated discussion.

  • Für Reservierung oder weitere Informationen, email Marion

August 25, 2018 (tentative) •  7:30 p.m. - Aus dem Nichts | In the Fade
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In the FadeAus dem Nichts | In the Fade
2017 | Fatih Akin
RSVP by August 20, 2018

With her life upended by the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack, Katja Sekerci can only nurse her pain at first. But she soon becomes obsessed with the hunt for the perpetrators and the ensuing trial of the neo-Nazis accused of the crime.

The German film is an evolving portrait of Katja as she seeks to avenge the deaths of her son and Kurdish husband at the hands of far-right extremists in Hamburg. The movie — a Golden Globe nominee and shortlisted for an Oscar for foreign language film — was inspired by a string of neo-Nazi murders. It conjures a Europe where millions of refugees and migrants from Muslim and African countries have roused right-wing populist parties and rattled politics from Denmark to Hungary.

“Set in Hamburg’s diverse and famously progressive St. Pauli district (the choice of location is no accident).…Akin comes into his own through reactionary scenes that follow, and while the film might not offer the subtlest portrayal of the knee-jerk way in which press and authorities (not just in Germany) tend to react to such atrocities, it is timely and depressingly accurate.” (The Film Stage

The film is named after the song of the same name by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age, whose lead singer, Josh Homme, wrote the film's score. (commentary drawn from Wikipedia, LA Times, and Netflix)

(106 min, Director and writer: Fatih Akin, German with English subtitles)