You are cordially invited to the First German Monday Film Show in the new academic year 2012! On screen will be an extraordinary love story spanning two continents by German director Caroline Link (“Jenseits der Stille – Beyond Silence”, “Im Winter ein Jahr – One Year in Winter”) based on the autobiographical novel by Stephanie Zweig
 
NIRGENDWO IN AFRIKA – NOWHERE IN AFRICA
(2003, 138 min, dir. Caroline Link, starring Juliane Kohler, Lea Kurka, Sidede Onyulo, ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
 
DATE: 13 February 2012
TIME: 5.00 p.m.
VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st Floor, German Progr. Media Room F251
 
About the film:
The year is 1938. As storm clouds gather over Europe, German-Jew Walter Redlich (Merab Ninidze) and his family emigrate to Kenya. Leaving the less fortunate members of their family behind to face the ghetto and the concentration camps, they escape into an inhospitable, alien land. Based on the autobiographical novel by Stefanie Zweig, “Nowhere in Africa” focuses on the family’s sense of loss, their gradual adjustment to Africa, and their ultimate love for the country (Kenya).

As Walter takes a menial job as a farm caretaker, his wife Jettel (Juliane Köhler) and daughter Regina (played as a youngster by Lea Kurka, and teenager by Karoline Eckertz) cope with their change of circumstances in very different ways. Abandoning herself to the beauty of the landscape and the friendliness of the local people, Regina flourishes, while Jettel finds that their lowly lifestyle, and her faltering marriage, bring her sexual frustrations to the surface in an intermittent series of torrid flings.
 
Beautifully shot by German writer-director Caroline Link, who captures both the sweeping vastness of the savannahs and the claustrophobic limits of the family’s tiny small holding, “Nowhere in Africa” turns the script’s emotional dynamics into memorable scenes. Like the director’s earlier feature, “Beyond Silence” (a film about a music-lover living with deaf-mute parents which will be screened on Monday 20 February), this is intelligent but resolutely safe filmmaking. “Nowhere in Africa” won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film at the 2003 Oscars.
 
Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
Best regards
Marion

Dr. Marion Pape
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Language, Literature & Linguistics
German Programme
Durban, 4041
TEL: 031-260 1086/2380
FAX: 031-260 1242

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