“Berlin is in Germany” and “Bye, Bye GDR!” featured at 2010 International Summer Screenings Program; May 19, 22 and June 16, 19

Berlin is in Germany

In 2001, Martin Schultz is released from the Brandenburg Penitentiary. A resident of East Berlin when he was convicted just before the wall came down in 1989, he must acclimate himself to the sweeping changes of 12 years of German reunification overnight. Martin strives in earnest to get back on his feet, but the Berlin he once knew is a thing of the past; even as he tries to reconnect with his wife and son, they appear nearly as foreign as the city he once called home. Projecting the experience of one individual against the backdrop of one of history’s tectonic shifts, Berlin Is in Germany asks whether or not it is possible to find deliverance from the past.

A post-screening discussion will follow the film on Wednesday, May 19.

Director: Hannes Stöhr. (German with English subtitles; 2001; 91 minutes) Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

Dates:
May 19, 2010 : May 22, 2010

Hours:
Wednesday, May 19, 6:30pm
Saturday, May 22, 2 pm

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Bye, Bye GDR! To Liberty via Warsaw

The documentary Bye, Bye GDR! To Liberty via Warsaw recounts the story of the escape of roughly 6,000 East Germans through Warsaw to West Germany in the autumn of 1989. Twenty years after the unforgettable events that ended the Cold War, this long veiled story is brought to light as the former East German refugees and Polish and German politicians share their memories of a people’s flight from their own country. Once the refugees arrived in Poland that fateful year, they traveled to Warsaw in order to reach the West German Embassy and eventually West Berlin.

Director: Krzysztof Czajka. (Polish with English subtitles; 2009; 55 minutes) Co-presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.

Dates:
Jun 16, 2010 : Jun 19, 2010

Hours:
Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 pm
Saturday, June 19, 2 pm

All screenings are free and will be held at:

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Claudia Cassidy Theater
Chicago, IL 60602

Cinema/Chicago, in collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Center and international and cultural partners throughout the city, is pleased to host free public film screenings at the 7th Annual International Summer Screenings Program. Seating is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Films are unrated, and viewer discretion is advised.

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, brings the best in international cinema to Chicago through its year-round programming and events. Its mission is to foster better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image.

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