The next screening is the surprisingly sweet and funny movie from Germany’s Texas: Bavaria
WER FRüHER STIRBT IST LäNGER TOT – GRAVE DECISIONS (2006)
(104 min, dir. Marcus H. Rosenmüller, English subtitles)
DATE: 1 October 2012
TIME: 5.00 p.m.
VENUE: How. College, MTB (West Wing, 1st floor), German Programme, Media Room F251
Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s first feature movie deals with a boy thinking that he is responsible for his mother’s death and his unusual way to fight his feelings of guilt. 11-year-old Sebastian lives with his father and brother Franz in a Bavarian village. One day, he learns that his mother died on his birthday, which makes him believe he was to blame for her death. Dreaming of purgatory, Sebastian sees only two ways to avoid this divine punishment: becoming an immortal rock star or find a new wife for his father…
Marcus Hausham Rosenmüller’s feature film debut is a “Heimatfilm” without the kitsch. Through Sebastian’s eyes, the audience experiences Bavarian country-life from the perspective of an 11-year-old catholic kid, a life of simple folks who lead a simple life, but care for each other, treat a kid just like a little adult and try to explain the facts of life and death in simple words. To become immortal, you must either create great music, or you must reproduce. And people must die because otherwise “there would be not enough room at the regular’s table”. Unlike the “typical” German film, produced and set in the Protestant north of Germany, the setting here is Catholic, with god-fearing, sensual country folk speaking in regional dialect instead of the world-savvy, puritan intellectual townspeople of the north.
Old-fashioned but all the more refreshing, WER FRÜHER STIRBT, IST LÄNGER TOT is an admirably politically incorrect pleasure.
For further details please contact:
Dr Marion Pape
Head, German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242