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ABRAHAM'S GOLD [ABRAHAMS GOLD]

Director: Jörg Graser
Screenplay: Jörg Graser
Director of Photography: Henning Stegmüller
Cast: Hanna Schygulla; Günther Maria Halmer; Daniela Schötz; Otto Tausig
Country, Year of production:
D, 1989
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Drama; Heimatfilm

Nobody has an idea why Hunziger and the beer truck driver Karl set out an a journey to Poland. Their destination is Auschwitz. Hunziger has been there before - 45 years ago, when he was a concentration camp guard. At that time he had buried a wooden chest in an area of woodland containing the gold teeth he had broken out of the skulls of the dead. And Karl is not aware that his own mother was a victim of the gas chambers...

AFTER YOUR DECREES [WEDLE WYROKOW TWOICH]

Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Screenplay: Jan Purzycki
Director of Photography: Jerzy Goscik
Cast: Sharon Brauner; Mathieu Carrière; Anna Dymna; Günter Lamprecht
Country, Year of production:
D; PL, 1983
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

As the systematic extermination of the Jews in Poland rages in 1943, a thirteen-year-old girl escapes. All alone and in constant fear of being captured, with nothing to eat, she makes her way across Poland, hounded by the German occupation forces. She finds help, is betrayed, and escapes again. She finally makes it to the Warsaw ghetto where her grandparents live. But after the suppression of the uprising there she is forced to flee again.

ANGRY HARVEST [BITTERE ERNTE]

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Screenplay: Paul Hengge; Agnieszka Holland
Director of Photography: Jozef Ort-Snep
Cast: Käte Jaenicke; Armin Mueller-Stahl; Kurt Raab; Elisabeth Trissenaar
Country, Year of production:
D, 1985
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance; War

Armin Mueller-Stahl stars as a simple but sly Polish farmer living under the Nazi occupation in 1943. He takes in a starving but attractive Jewish woman on the run. He cares for her but it does not take long before his baser instincts prevail and he begins to ruthlessly take advantage of her situation to gratify his needs and desires - with deadly results. This fascinating and subtle character study about political opportunism and personal scruples by Agnieszka Holland was nominated for an Oscar. Dazzling performances

BLACK CHAPEL, THE [GEHEIMAKTION SCHWARZE KAPELLE]

Director: Ralph Habib
Screenplay: Pierre Lévy; Hans Nicklisch; Jean Lévitte
Director of Photography: Georg Krause
Cast: Dawn Adams; Gino Cervi; Werner Hinz; Peter van Eyck
Country, Year of production:
D; F; I, 1959
Color: black/white
Genre: Thriller

In 1940, the members of the German military staff try to prevent the escalation of World War Two. To achieve this, a secret courier, the journalist Golder (Peter van Eyck), is supposed to make contact with the Vatican. When the Nazi leaders learn of this plan, they send a party-loyal female agent to spy on Golder. Political thriller with a star-studded cast.

DENUNCIATION, THE [DENUNZIANTIN, DIE]

Director: Thomas Mitscherlich
Screenplay: Detlef Michel
Director of Photography: Thomas Mauch
Cast: Katharina Thalbach; Dieter Schaad; Dolly Dollar; Richy Müller
Country, Year of production:
D, 1993
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

In 1944 Helene Schwärzel informs on Carl Goerdeler, the civilian leader of Germany´s resistance - an act which results in his execution. In early post-war Germany the tables are turned: Helene Schwärzel is informed on, brought to trial for denouncing Goerdeler, and sentenced to imprisonment. But besides Schwärzel, no one else involved in Goerdeler´s death is convicted of the crime.

FOUNTAIN OF LIFE [LEBENSBORN]

Director: Werner Klingler
Screenplay: Heinz Oskar Wuttig; Will Berthold
Director of Photography: Igor Oberberg
Cast: Maria Perschy; Joachim Hansen; Harry Meyen; Emmerich Schrenk
Country, Year of production:
D, 1960-1961
Color: black/white
Genre: Drama; War

Based on a newspaper report, this story from the sixties exposes "Lebensborn", Hitler's Nazi breeding institute for Aryan offspring.

HOW I BECAME A NEGRO [WIE ICH EIN NEGER WURDE]

Director: Roland Gall
Screenplay: Roland Gall
Director of Photography: Georg Panoussopulos
Cast: Gerd Baltus; Walter Ladengast; Wolf Euba; Veronika Fitz
Country, Year of production:
D, 1971
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Drama

A teacher has to watch helplessly how his children become victims of the National Socialist seduction. His protests only bring him critics of the children´s parents and the catastrophe cannot be stopped... Based on the book "Youth without god" from the famous writer Ödön von Horvath.

INGE, APRIL AND MAY [INGE, APRIL UND MAI]

Director: Wolfgang Kohlhaase; Gabriele Denecke
Screenplay: Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Director of Photography: Igor Luther
Cast: Nadine Böttcher; Niels-Bruno Schmidt; Tina Haseney; Otto Sander
Country, Year of production:
D, 1992
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance; Comedy; War

At the end of WWII: Kalle has kissed Inge and everything is different. Every evening the sirens scream, the bombers from England hum beneath the sky, the Russians are at the Oder River, they are building barricades in Berlin. But Kalle loves Inge, and in this spring that has changed the world, nothing is more important to him than this shy and helpless love.

IT HAPPENED ON JULY 20TH [ES GESCHAH AM 20. JULI]

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Screenplay: Gustav Machaty; Werner P. Zibaso
Director of Photography: Kurt Hasse
Cast: Karl Ludwig Diehl; Erik Frey; Jochen Hauer; Til Kiwe; Willy Krause; Kurt Meisel; Jaspar von Oertzen; Carl Wery; Bernhard Wicki
Country, Year of production:
D, 1955
Color: black/white
Genre: Drama; History; War

Simultaneous to Harnack's film, DER 20. JULI (The Plot to Assassinate Hitler), Georg Wilhelm Pabst's ES GESCHAH AM 20.JULI was produced: a group of German officers plans a deadly attack on Hitler. Colonel Count Stauffenberg should direct the "Operation Valkyrie" in Hitler's headquarters Wolfsschanze. The attempted assassination fails: the bomb goes off, but Adolf Hitler is only slightly injured... G.W. Pabst describes the dramatic hours surrounding the attack from July 20, 1944 in an accurate chronicle. The memorable Bernhard Wicki plays the role of Count Stauffenberg.

LAND OF THE FATHERS, LAND OF THE SONS [LAND DER VAETER, LAND DER SOEHNE]

Director: Nico Hofmann
Screenplay: Nico Hofmann
Director of Photography: Laszlo Kadar
Cast: Karl-Heinz von Liebezeit; Eva Kotthaus; Lieselotte Rau; Sabrina Lorenz
Country, Year of production:
D, 1988
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Drama

Thomas Kleinert, a journalist and son of an industrialist, searches for the life-story of his dead father during the Third Reich. Torn between affection towards his father and consternation about his unscrupulous journey through life, Thomas decides to nevertheless publish his discoveries. He can´t stand to live with this knowledge in private even if he has to act against the will of the editor.

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