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Contemporary German Cinema in Havana

As part of the 39th edition of the New International Latin American Film Festival the Cuban capital is hosting a film show of contemporary German cinema.

11 de diciembre de 2017 - By Yuricel Romero

As part of the 39th edition of the New International  Latin American Film Festival the Cuban capital is hosting  a film show of contemporary German cinema.

For the inauguration of this exhibition last Saturday, the film Ich und Kaminski (I and Kaminski) by Wolfgang Becker and starring Daniel Brühl was selected. After having worked together in Good bye, Lenin, this director – actor team, returns with an interesting film set in the Germany of the nineties.

The script tells how the art critic Sebastian Zöllner intends to achieve success by publishing a book of revelations about the prominent and almost forgotten painter Manuel Kaminski, who (at the beginning),
has retired.

To achieve his Zöllner goal, after unscrupulously taking over some of the last works of the artist renovator, induces him to undertake a trip to Belgium, where supposedly Teresa lives the youthful love of Kaminski. Already on the way, the ambitious critic begins to suspect that the elderly painter, who in his younger years was a disciple of Matisse and Pablo Picasso's friend could be smarter than him.

For their part, those who braved the low temperatures last Sunday in Havana could enjoy the screening of Alki, Alki (Drinker), by the German Axel Ranisch. The film tells the story of  architect Tobias, who has a long-time friend called "Botella", who always accompanies: in the office, in the bar, in family life and even in the double bed. From the codes of the tragicomedy this film is a lesson about the unstoppable loss of free will that comes with the adictions.

For this evening the Riviera Movie Theatre room reserves the film Der junge Karl Marx (The Young Karl Marx) directed by Raoul Peck and with the performances of August Dihel, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps. A look at Europe convulsed by 1844 to 1848 when only 26 years old Marx has to go into exile in Paris dragging his wife Jenny with him.

It is in the French capital where he meets Frederick Engels, son of a great businessman who has studied the conditions of the English proletariat. These two men. Both descendants of good families, bright, insolent and funny  ended up organizing a revolutionary movement and forging the theoretical instruments to emancipate, beyond the borders of the European continent, to the oppressed peoples of the whole world.

The lovers of the seventh art will also appreciate during this week of the festival the movie Tod den Hippies !! Elebe der Punk (Death to the hippies! Long live punk!), By Oskar Roehler, a shocking story of love in the West Berlin of the eighties. Haus ohne Dach (House without Ceiling) Fiction film by Soleen Yusef, which tells how three brothers try to fulfill the last will of their deceased mother. Forthey will have to overcome their differences and make a trip to through Kurdistan, his native country, submerged in an internal struggle.

Two excellent documentaries complete this German film show: Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht (I think of Germany at night) by Romuald Karmakar and I am Malú, by Mayra Álvarez Díaz. The first is a deep and penetrating look at music, in particular at electronics and the related musical styles. In the second, the story of María Luz Pérez Iser, bronze medalist in the Paralympic Games of Rio de Janeiro 2016, where she competed with a German designed and built prosthesis after only six months of training.