Next screening is a marvelous satirical romp by German director Leander Haußmann (Sonnenallee – Sun Alley) about two comedians in Berlin, 1938, who specialise in comical impersonations of Hitler and Stalin 

Germany/Austria 2011, 110 min, dir. Leander Haußmann, starring Jürgen Vogel, Michael Herbig, English subtitles 


TIME: 5.00 p.m.

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

In 1938 Hans Zeisig, an apolitical comedian, impersonator and cabaret actor, flees with a Russian passport (instead of American, which he would have preferred) from Nazi-Berlin, and finds himself in the legendary Hotel Lux, the ‘lost paradise’ of the Comintern, in Moscow. Everyone believes that Zeisig is a man named Hansen, Hitler’s personal astrologer. But Zeisig quickly realizes that he’s gone from the frying pan into the fire. In the Hotel Lux he meets his friends Frida and later Meyer again, still passionate communists. For the three idealists an adventure between love and death begins to run its course.  (imdb) 

For more details please contact: 

Dr Marion Pape
German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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