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German films in focus at 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival

August 8, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 08--The Milwaukee Film Festival announced a series of German films as part of its 2013 programming.

"Passport Germany" will feature eight films either set in Germany or dealing with subjects related to the country. In a statement, film festival artistic and executive director Jonathan Jackson cited Milwaukee's "strong German heritage" making the program "even more special."

In the past, the festival featured films from India and China.

The German films showing at this year's festival are:

"Almanya, Welcome to Germany" (2011, Yasemin Samdereli) Warmhearted tale of a Turkish emigre who returns to visit his homeland after 50 years. "Colorful, family-friendly" film tackles "cultural identity" and "the immigrant experience," according to the festival announcement.

"Hannah Arendt" (2012, Margarethe von Trotta) Biopic of philosopher who covered the Eichmann trials for the New Yorker and introduced the concept of the "banality of evil." With a "magnetic performance" by Barbara Sukowa.

"Lore" (2012, Cate Shortland) A woman whose Nazi parents are imprisoned at the end of the war takes her three siblings on a 500-mile journey through the Bavarian wilderness, led by a Jewish runaway.

"Ludwig II" (2012, Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr) Lush epic about the Bavarian king, an arts lover and patron of Wagner, whose idyllic vision alienated the elite and was shattered by the Franco-Prussian War.

"Oh Boy" (2012, Jan Ole Gerster) Black-and-white, day-in-the-life slacker comedy is a "modern tale of youthful ennui."

"Oma & Belle" (2012, Alexa Karolinski) Documentary is a "moving portrait of cooking as therapy" in the lives of two octogenarians in modern Berlin.

"This Ain't California" (2012, Marten Persiel) Documentary about the little-known 1980s skateboarding subculture in East Germany.

"Wings of Desire" (1987, Wim Wenders) Chance to see Wenders' soaring and luminescent account of angels among us in 35-millimeter.

Go to my blog, The Dudek Abides (www.jsonline.com/dudek), to see trailers for some of these films.

Festival passes and ticket packages are available at mkefilm.org/ticketing. Tickets for individual screenings go on sale Sept. 12.

The Milwaukee Film Festival runs from Sept. 26 through Oct. 10. The festival program booklet will be available Sept. 7 at the East Town Farmers Market, and at Lowland Group restaurants and Colectivo cafes starting Sept. 8.

The Journal Sentinel is a presenting sponsor of the film festival.

Email: ddudek@journalsentinel.com

Twitter: @TheDudekAbides

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