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German Film: Phoenix


German Film: Phoenix

Specially dedicated to lovers of German language and culture – from native speakers to Germany alumni* and even learners of the language. Come watch a German film and keep your German language active. This shall be followed by a discussion on alumni matters and activities. Organized by Goethe-Institut and Alumniportal Deutschland.

*Germany alumni are persons who studied or attended courses or trainings in Germany.

This week, we will be showing Phoenix, "a 2014 German drama film directed by Christian Petzold. Loosely adapted from the 1961 novel Le Retour des Cendres (English: The Return from the Ashes) by French author Hubert Monteilhet, the film stars Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld as Nelly and Johnny Lenz respectively.

Phoenix is set in Germany in the aftermath of World War II, where Nelly, a Jew who managed to survive Auschwitz concentration camp, decides to go back to her husband Johnny in Berlin. She has had to have her face reconstructed owing to a bullet wound, and her husband does not recognize her. The film marks the sixth collaboration between Petzold and Hoss, as well as being the second film in which Hoss and Zehrfeld star opposite each other after Barbara (2012), also directed by Petzold."
- Wikipedia

The film will be shown with English subtitles.

Admission is free!

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