One of most acclaimed German films of 2011 to show in Corvallis on Feb. 8


CORVALLIS, Ore. – A crowd-pleasing German comedy, which was one of the biggest hits of 2011 in its native country, will play in Corvallis in February before it opens days later at the Portland International Film Festival.

Free, public screenings of the film, “Almanya – Welcome to Germany,” will be show at 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St.

Described as a nostalgic crowd-pleaser, “Almanya-- Welcome to Germany” is a comedy about a Turkish family living in Germany since the late 1960s. When the grandfather announces he has bought a holiday home in Turkey, it marks the beginning of a journey that is full of memories, arguments and reconciliations, until the trip takes an unexpected turn.

Sebastian Heiduschke, an assistant professor of German at Oregon State University, has brought the film to Corvallis as part of series of German films he is screening.

The screenings are sponsored by the OSU School of Language, Culture, and Society, and the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, as well as the Goethe Institute, the German Consulate in San Francisco, Darkside Cinema, and Zeitgeist Northwest.