Contemporary German Film
Instructor: Margrit Frolich

This course will introduce students to contemporary German cinema and the vibrant culture from which it emerges. We will explore the works of some of the artistically most accomplished German directors, who have made a name for themselves over the last fifteen years, but also give attention to the unique perspective of new directing talents. While some current films reveal a renewed interest in German history, others reflect upon present-day actuality, offering close insights into diverse realms of experience. Whether it is the inner emotional realities of the characters portrayed in the films, or the outer social worlds in which they live, contemporary German cinema allows for a comprehensive assessment of German society as it intersects with today’s globalized world. Films to be discussed in the course (contingent upon availability) will include HEAD-ON (Fatih Akin, 2004), SUMMER IN BERLIN (Andreas Dresen, 2005), THE STATE I AM IN (Christian Petzold, 2000), THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (Tom Tykwer, 2001), UNVEILED (Angelina Maccarone, 2005), REQUIEM (Hans-Christian Schmid, 2006), AND ALONG COME TOURISTS (Robert Thalheim, 2007), NOVEMBER CHILD, (Christian Schwochow, 2008), A YEAR AGO IN WINTER (Caroline Link, 2008), OH BOY (Jan Ole Gerster, 2012).