Film Series

German-Austrian Film Festival

Mondays, October 20 through November 3

10/20: Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)
10/27: Yella
11/3: Der letzte Tanz (The Last Dance)



Starring: Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann

Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella's life takes an odd shift.

  • Director: Christian Petzold
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller

“Is Yella a political ghost story? An allegory of German reunification? A young woman from the East’s dream of life in the West? It’s all of these and more. As a vision of the contemporary world, it’s perhaps best described in the words of Walter Benjamin, the great German critic whose insights resonate throughout the film: “the sensation of the entirely new, of the absolutely modern, is a form of becoming as oneiric as the eternal return itself.””

– Chris Drake, Film Comment


The Last Dance

Starring: Emi Mangold, Daniel Straesser

Julia Ecker, a patient in the geriatic ward of a psychiatric clinic, develops a deep affection and sympathy, even love, for her new male nurse. The relationship can be precarious.

  • Director: Houchang Allahyari
  • Genre: Drama

The German-Austrian Film Festival is presented by the Williams College Department of German, with the generous support of the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

Special Showing


Thursday, October 30 at 9:15pm

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film's original release! Screening followed by a panel discussion.



Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis

Film followed by a panel discussion with Williams College Religion Department faculty Jason Josephson, Jackie Hidalgo & Jeff Israel

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson lead the cast as the “Ghostbusters,” spirit-exterminators who fearlessly take on the other-worldly evil infiltrating Manhattan, whether it manifests itself as wicked green slime or an ancient tyrant back from the dead to take over the world. The spooktacularly successful franchise captured the imagination of audiences around the world and redefined the action-comedy genre in the process.

  • Director: Ivan Reitman
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Let's get slimed one more time.

This event is sponsored by the Williams College Religion Department

Special Showing

The Unknown Known

Sunday, November 16 at 8pm

Errol Morris' portrait of Donald Rumsfeld. Free for Williams students. Regular ticket prices for all others.


The Unknown Known

Starring: Donald Rumsfeld

In The Unknown Known, Errol Morris offers a portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War, and a larger-than-life character who provoked equal levels of fury and adulation from the American public. Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and expound on his “snowflakes,” tens of thousands of memos (many never previously published) he composed as a congressman and as an advisor to four different presidents, twice as Secretary of Defense. These memos provide a window onto history—not history as it actually happened, but history as Rumsfeld wants us to see it. Morris makes plain that Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes”—whether intended to elucidate, rationalize, obfuscate, or control history—are contradicted by the facts.

  • Director: Errol Morris
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“It's hard to believe a story this serious can be told in such an involving way, but that is one of this expert documentarian's greatest gifts.”

– Kenneth Turan, LA Times

Sponsored by the Williams College English Department

Special Showing

Cesar Chavez

Monday, November 17, at 6:30pm

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers.


Cesar Chavez

Starring: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann, John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson

Chronicling the birth of a modern American movement, Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Passionate but soft-spoken, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to people. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the world.

  • Director: Diego Luna
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“In the title role, Michael Peña has a no-nonsense fire: He captures how Chavez borrowed from Martin Luther King Jr. but also fueled the struggle with his own improvisatory brilliance.”

– Entertainment Weekly

The is event is part of the Davis Center Social Justice Film Series. Sponsored by the Williams College Davis Center.