CORVALLIS, Ore. – A free film festival of German language movies will show in Corvallis Oct. 8-12.
“Biber Blick I – German Film Festival," is sponsored by Oregon State University’s School of Language, Culture, & Society, with support from the Goethe Institut. The festival celebrates both recent releases and a retrospective of films from the 1970s and 1980s by East German filmmaker Iris Gusner. The Gusner retrospective will be the West Coast premiere of the movies.
The festival is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.
Sebastian Heiduschke, assistant professor of German at OSU, said two classes, GER 199 and GER 299, will be taught during the festival. He said the classes have no pre-requisites and no books required. Students enrolled in one of these courses will be guaranteed seating at the festival.
All films are subtitled and will play at the Darkside Cinema, 215 S.W. 4th St., Corvallis. The schedule is:
Monday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.: “Winter's Daughter” (Wintertochter ) 2011. Eleven-year-old Kattaka is celebrating Christmas with her parents at home in Berlin when an unexpected phone call turns her world upside down. She begins an unusual road trip through Eastern Europe to find her real father.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m.: “Baikonur,” 2012. An unusual love triangle in a small village among the local residents who collect the space debris that falls from the nearby Baikonur space station.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, Iris Gusner Retrospective.
7 p.m.: “The Blue Light” (Das blaue Licht) 1978. A farmer who is being sent to war goes on a magical journey that includes meeting a beautiful princess, a dwarf, a witch and a king, who holds his life in his hands. Subtitles to this film created by OSU students.
8:30 p.m.: “All my Girls” (Alle meine Mädchen) 1980. A film student making a documentary about a brigade of women workers gets to know the personalities in the lamp factory, including brazen Susie, reprobate Kerstin, lonely Anita, single Ella, withdrawn Gertrud and the superior forewoman.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m.: “Combat Girls” (Kriegerin) 2011. An angry young woman with hatred of foreigners and outsiders meets an Afghan refugee and begins to have her worldview changed. Adults only.
Friday, Oct. 12. 8 p.m.: “Lessons of a Dream” (Der ganz große Traum) 2011. In 1874 a young teacher in Germany experiments with a highly contested way of teaching English to his students: by introducing football despite the protests by the community.
For more information on the films and the festival, go to http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/german/