Next screening is a lovely film about middle aged love and devotion in marriage, and the upheaval in one spouse’s heart when the other spouse dies unexpectedly – Doris Dörrie’s (Männer-Men, Nobody loves me, Erleuchtung garantiert)

KIRSCHBLŰTEN – CHERRY BLOSSOMS – HANAMI
(2008, 124 min., dir. Doris Dörrie, starring Hannelore Elstner, German with English subtitles)

DATE    : 10 SEPTEMBER
TIME     : 17h00
VENUE : Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st floor, German Programme, Media Room F251

Story:
Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudolf is suffering from a terminal illness. It is up to her to tell him or not. The doctor suggests that they do something together, perhaps something they were long planning to do… Trudi decides not to tell her husband about the gravity of his illness and to follow the doctor’s advice. She convinces Rudolf to visit their children and grandchildren in Berlin. But once they arrive, they realize that their children are so busy with their own lives that they have no time for them. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudolf is devastated and has no idea what to do next. From his daughter’s girlfriend he learns that Trudi’s love for him had led her to forego the life that she had wanted to live. He begins to see her with new eyes and vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey – to Tokyo, in the midst of the cherry blossom festival, a celebration of beauty, impermanence, and new beginnings… 

ALL WELCOME!

For further details please cotact:

Dr Marion Pape
Head, 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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