2009 Schedule of Films

All screenings are at Rialto Cinemas on Monday nights at 6:30pm

Mon 2 March:
BASQUIAT
Dir. Julian Schnabel (USA 1996)
Mon 9 March:
GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HARRY
Dir. Lech Majewski (USA/Poland 1992)
Mon 16 March:
MAUVAIS SANG
Dir. Leos Carax (France 1986)
Mon 23 March:
Special Guest: Lech Majewski!
GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS
Dir. Majewski (UK/Italy 2004)
Monday 30 March: No Screening - World Cinema Showcase, Members get discounted tickets!
Mon 6 April:
ANGELUS
Dir. Lech Majewski (Poland 2000)
Monday 13 April:
No Screening - Easter Monday
Mon 20 April:
MOOLAADE
Dir. Ousmane Sembene (Senegal/France 2004)
Mon 27 April:
DIVA
Dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix (France 1981)
Mon 4 May:
DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE
Dir. Herbert Sauper (Austria/France/Belgium 2004)
Mon 11 May:
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES
Dir. Jennifer Baichwal (Canada 2006)
Mon 18 May:
LA SENTINELLE
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin (France 1992)
Mon 25 May:
MALA NOCHE
Dir. Gus Van Sant (USA 1985)
Monday 1 June:
No Screening - Queen's Birthday
Mon 8 June:
I WAS NINETEEN
Dir. Konrad Wolf (East Germany 1968)
Mon 15 June:
THE ARCHITECTS
Dir. Peter Kahane (East Germany 1990)
Mon 22 June:
FLANDERS
Dir. Bruno Dumont (France 2006)
Mon 29 June:
BERLIN-SCHOENHAUSER CORNER
Dir. Gerhard Klein (East Germany 1957)
Mon 6 July:
MY BELOVED HOMELAND / BRIDE OF GALILEE
Dir. Basel Tannous (Palestine 2006)
Mon 13 July:
INFERNAL AFFAIRS
Dir. Andrew Lau & Alan Mak (Hong Kong 2002)
Mon 20 July:
GASLIGHT
Dir. George Cukor (USA 1944)
Mon 27 July:
BROKEN WINGS
Dir. Nir Bergman (Israel 2002)
Mon 3 August:
NO SCREENING - International Film Festival, Members get discount tickets!
Mon 10 August:
NO SCREENING - International Film Festival, Members get discount tickets!
Mon 17 August:
YOU THE LIVING
Dir. Roy Andersson (Sweden 2007)
Mon 24 August:
NOI THE ALBINO
Dir. Dagur Kari (Iceland 2003)
Mon 31 August:
CINEVARDAPHOTO
Dir. Agnes Varda (France 2004)
Mon 7 September:
CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORTS - WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT
14-16 September:
Belladonna Short Film Festival
Filmsoc members get free entry to all screenings
Mon 21 September:
AGNES VARDA: PARIS
Shorts, Dir. Agnes Varda (France 1958-2003)
Mon 28 September:
ATTACK THE GAS STATION
Dir. Kim Sang-jin (Korea 1999)
Mon 5 October:
LEAVE ALL FAIR
Dir. John Reid (NZ 1986)
Mon 12 October:
OCCUPATION 101
Dir. Abdallah & Sufyan Omeish (Palestine)
Mon 19 October:
RAIN
Dir. Christine Jeffs (NZ 2001)

I Was Nineteen

Screening: Monday 8 June, 6:30pm

Konrad Wolf | E. Germany | 1968 | B&W | DV | M violence, offensive language, content that may disturb

A wartime story based on director Konrad Wolf’s own experience. After taking refuge from Nazi Germany with his family in the Soviet Union, a 17-year-old marches west from Moscow with the Red Army. He arrives in Germany as a lieutenant aged 19 to witness the fall of Berlin.

Based on the secret diary kept by acclaimed German filmmaker Konrad Wolf while he was a soldier in the Russian Army, I Was Nineteen is the director's most personal film. A highlight of the DEFA collection, Wolf examines his own past through the poetic story of a young German, Gregor Hecker, who as a child fled with his parents to the Soviet Union, but who eventually returns to Germany as a soldier after WWII with the victorious Soviet troops.

Suddenly Gregor finds he is different from his comrades in arms, for this defeated land is his home and the Germans he meets upon his return are his compatriots. Gregor is a victor, but also one of the vanquished. As the Soviet troops advance into Germany, Gregor attempts to understand the Germans he meets along the way. His perspective is that of a nineteen year-old, inquisitive, occasionally uncomprehending, and repeatedly dismayed by the atrocities and lies he encounters.

Gregor falls in love and simply cannot understand the death of a friend in the last hours of the war - the final death in a long line of deaths that pave his way from Moscow to Berlin. An austere, independent minded work of art, the film not only contains many stories about the last days of the war, but also tells Wolf's own story and uses actual documentary footage from the documentary Death Camp of Sachsenhausen (1946), which was one of the first post-war German films about the Nazi period.

(115 minutes, In German with English subtitles, DVD)

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Big thanks to PUB CHARITY for their generous support of our season of films, East Germany: Behind the Wall (20 years on).