It has been difficult to choose from so many new films I have recently got from the Goethe-Institute…. Staying with Turkish-German directors, my choice for the next Monday film is Thomas Arslan’s (Geschwister – Kadersler, Gold) mature and serious masterpiece 



(2007, 91 min, dir. Thomas Arslan, starring Angela Winkler, English subtitles)


DATE: 4 MARCH 2013

TIME: 5.00 p.m.

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


About the film:

A couple and their teenage son Max plan on spending an idyllic sojourn at their remote German country house. The family house belongs to Anna and her second husband Robert and is situated in the woods and lakes of Brandenburg, north of Berlin. Their fragile unity is disrupted, however, when more and more members of their extended family show up to vent past resentments and reveal lond-kept secrets. Anna’s two daughters visit from Berlin. Laura is with her husband Paul and their two small children. Sophie arrives later seemingly after a long absence. The son, Max, who is younger is still at school and spends much of his time with his girlfriend during the holidays. Finally Anna’s mother arrives, also from Berlin.

With Vacation (2007), Arslan delivered a luminous, quietly melancholic study of the inner workings of a bourgeois family.” (Christoph Huber in: Spotlight)

Thomas Arslan is also one of the directors associated with the so-called ‘Berlin School’ (as a graduate from Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb)). This term has now been used much more loosely but still marks the recognition of the emergence of directors who don’t make conventional films about the Nazi period, the Stasi or re-unification. This useful Cineaste article maps out the background.




For more details please contact 

Dr Marion Pape

German Studies

School of Arts



Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380

Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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