The next screening will be the first part of the two-part German drama “Der Turm” which will be shown on two Mondays 

DER TURM – THE TOWER
2012, 185 min., dir. Christian Schwochow, starring Hans Uwe Bauer, Josephin Busch, German with English subtitles.  

DATES: 5 (Part 1) and 12 May (Part 2) Each part approx. 90 min.

TIME: 17h00

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251 

About the film:
Directed by Christian Schwochow, the film depicts a higher class family’s struggles during crumbling communist rule in 1980’s East Germany. The film is adapted from an award-winning best-selling book by Uwe Tellkamp titled “The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land”, which won the German Book Prize in 2008. The 2012 the film, “Der Turm”, meaning “The Tower”, was originally aired on German television in 2012 to much acclaim.

The film illustrates the weaknesses and pending downfall of the German communist state through an intimate portrayal of one families struggles, dreams, and decisions. Run-ins with East Germany’s Secret Police reveal the cracks in both the police state and family loyalties. The film has been hailed as an important portrayal of this period of German history.

In German and subtitled in English, the film begins at 17h00. Part two of the film will be shown next Monday.   

For more details please contact: 

Dr Marion Pape
German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242 

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