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APPLE TREES [APFELBAEUME]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Jürgen Lenz
Cast: Johanna Schall; Thomas Büchel; Udo Kroschwald; Anna Sanders
Country, Year of production:
D, 1991
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

The south of Berlin, when the GDR still existed. Thousands of apple trees as far as the eye can see. Here, Lena and Heinz meet in the course of their work. A great and passionate love begins. But Sienke is here, too. As lord over the trees and the people who live from them, he has his eyes on Lena. He desires her and she submits. A drama ensues that will go on until the fall of the Berlin wall.

Earthquake in Chili [ERDBEBEN IN CHILI]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Dieter Lohmann; Luis Cano
Cast: Julia Pena; Victor Alcazar; Juan Amigo; Maria Jesus Hoyos
Country, Year of production:
D, 1975
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Jeronimo is appointed tutor to Josefa. They fall in love with each other, but the Church forbids their relationship, and Josefa is put in a convent. When it is discovered that she is pregnant by Jeronimo she is sentenced to be beheaded, and he is thrown into jail. Josefa is rescued from execution by an earthquake, which also opens her lover´s cell. Together the couple flee beyond the gates of the city to a liberated society, only to find that the people have nothing more to do than to blame them for the arthquake and stone them to death for it. Based on the novel by Heinrich von Kleist.

FUTURE OF EMILY, THE [FLUEGEL UND FESSELN]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms; Suzanne Schiffman; Sylvie Ponsard
Director of Photography: Sacha Vierny
Cast: Brigitte Fossey; Hildegard Knef; Ivan Desny; Hermann Treusch; Camille Raymond
Country, Year of production:
D; F, 1984
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Three generations. In 1945, Paula (Hildegard Knef) wanted to be an actress in Berlin. But she married instead and moved to France with her husband (Ivan Desny). Their daughter Isabelle (Brigitte Fossey) lives the life Paula always wanted for herself - successful, independent, an actress. But Isabelle envies Paula's lifestyle. She too has a daughter who often stays with her parents when she is off on location. The problems of single motherhood and the conflicts between personal freedom and family ties are at the center of this excellent drama which many consider to be Sanders-Brahms most refined and elegant film.

GERMANY PALE MOTHER [DEUTSCHLAND BLEICHE MUTTER]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Jürgen Jürges
Cast: Eva Mattes; Ernst Jacobi; Elisabeth Stepanek; Fritz Lichtenhahn
Country, Year of production:
D, 1979
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; War

A normal love story, except that it takes place in Germany during the Nazi era and into the 50s. A man, a woman, a child. He is a soldier in the German army. She has to endure the bombings and the final flight from her home with her child on her shoulders, rape and the privations of post war, years to build up her marriage again, only to break down in the end, like the whole brittle edifice of family bliss for which all three have waited so long - father, mother and child.

LAPUTA

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Eberhard Geick
Cast: Sami Frey; Krystyna Janda
Country, Year of production:
D, 1986-1987
Color: Color
Genre: Drama; Romance

A French architect and a Polish photographer enjoy a love affair and meet regularly in Berlin for passionate weekends. Unable to decide whether they should start a steady relationship, they permanently break up with each other. The title is allegorical, in that West Berlin is named Laputa, the flying island that Jonathan Swift once wrote about.

MANOEVERS [MANOEVER]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Claus Deubel
Cast: Adriana Altaras; Johannes Herrschmann; Alfred Edel; Elisabeth Zündel
Country, Year of production:
D, 1988
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Romance; Comedy

The 1950s in a divided Germany. On both sides there are soldiers and arms again, secrets and informers; and espionage is a flourishing business. In this delightful espionage spoof, Max is a lieutenant in the East German army who is given tango and etiquette lessons to prepare him for his assignment: seducing Elly, a secretary in the West German ministry of defense. But Elly is already having an affair with her boss, a hen-pecked bureaucrat who not only has to wage the Cold War for his country but has to contend with a shrew of a wife. Elly shows no interest in Max, however, until he tells her he's a spy. She decides to drop her boss for the Max but accompanies him on maneuvers to steal a secret weapon for Max. The film successfully lampoons the German military and nationalism on both ...

MY HEART IS MINE ALONE [MEIN HERZ - NIEMANDEM!]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Roland Dressel
Cast: Lena Stolze; Cornelius Obonya; Oliver Grice; Thomas Ruffer
Country, Year of production:
D, 1996
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Drama; Biography

A love story, set in the Thirties, between two giants of 20th century German lyricism ? and expressed in some of the most beautiful poems of world literature. Wild, sensual, and forlorn, their tumultuous affair is a fusion of consummate love? and hate. He, Gottfried Benn, is infatuated with the Nazis, whereas she, Else Lasker-Schüler (Lena Stolze), a Jew, is forced to leave the country of her triumphs, as penniless as a beggar, and wander from country to country until she eventually reaches her final home: Jerusalem. He realizes how wrong he was when the Nazis declare the art form he personifies "degenerate" and ban his books. Germany destroyed itself by annihilating its Jews. His elegy to her is a perpetual declaration of his love.

NO MERCY, NO FUTURE [BERUEHRTE, DIE]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Thomas Mauch
Cast: Elisabeth Stepanek; Nguyen Chi Danh; Karl-Heinz Reimann; Carola Regnier
Country, Year of production:
D, 1981
Color: Color
Genre: Drama

Rita G. wanders about the streets and along the Wall of the divided city of Berlin in search of God, whom she hopes to find in the outcasts and the humiliated, the cripples, the aged, guest workers and exiles. She even sleeps with them, for her Christian concept of love is broader than that of the Churches. As a result, she is repeatedly placed in a psychiatric clinic, where she is treated with drugs.

TO LIVE NOW - JEWS IN BERLIN [JETZT LEBEN - JUDEN IN BERLIN]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Jürgen Lenz
Country, Year of production:
D; F, 1994
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

No folklore, no rituals, no "klezmer", no political statements, no quaint Jewish quarters in Berlin. The film is an attempt to make a film without images. Signs of an inscription, of a memory of what this city meant to Jews: Namely, the place of the second destruction of a temple - this time, a temple of living people. An encounter with three people who came to Berlin from Odessa nine years ago.

UNDER THE PAVEMENT LIES THE BEACH [UNTER DEM PFLASTER IST DER STRAND]

Director: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay: Helma Sanders-Brahms
Director of Photography: Thomas Mauch
Cast: Grischa Huber; Heinrich Giskes; Ursula von Berg; Gesine Strempel
Country, Year of production:
D, 1975
Color: black/white
Genre: Drama

The sense of euphoria that had existed in 1968 is flown. Heinrich and Grischa are performing in ?The Bacchae? by Euripides, a work that seems to reflect the rift between revolutionary energy and state authority. Heinrich and Grischa seek a way out of this dilemma. In mutual love, a child, perhaps? But how ? if one is not willing to submit to traditional social structures? A film still of vital interest.