Film Series

Dark Futures

Mondays, September 16 through September 30, at 7pm

This year’s annual German/Austrian Film Fest at Images Cinema focuses on science fiction. The festival, titled “Dark Futures,” presents three recent films that take place in imaginary future worlds, but tackle issues that face us here and now: fear of change, deep trauma, family conflict, and loneliness.

Sept. 16 Endzeit/Ever After by Carolina Hellsgard
Sept. 23 Die kommenden Tage/ The Days to Come by Lars Kraume
Sept. 30 Die Wand/The Wall by Julian Pölsler

All movies are in German with English subtitles

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Endzeit/ Ever After

Starring: Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Maja Lehrer,

Post apocalypse Europe, two years after zombies have overrun Earth, only two citadels of civilization remain in the East German towns of Weimar and Jena. In Weimar, newly infected zombies are shot on site without mercy. The Jena authorities take a more humane approach by trying to find a cure for plague victims. Vivi and Eva, in search of a more humane world are stranded in the no-mans land of the Black Forest where they have to rely on each other and nature in order to survive. But their survival has also unleashed demons from their past that they must confront.

  • Director: Carolina Hellsgård
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Horror

“This movie goes into the woods with the dead, morphing into a fairy tale that is by turns uneasy and beguiling.”

– New York Times

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Die kommenden Tage/ The Days to Come

Starring: Daniel Brühl, Bernadette Heerwagen, August Diehl, Johanna Wokalek

Europe, 2020 - The European Union has collapsed after the onset of the 4th Gulf War. The fight for the last remaining oil reserves has unveiled a poisonous sentiment that engulfs the citizenry, cutting into the deepest parts of the fabric of civilization. As the old Europe is flooded by refugees from adjacent continents, economic conditions worsen and worsen, and chaos ensues. Families and relationships are torn apart, and violence seems the only promise of survival in this dark new world.

Laura, a student in her early 20's, must choose between love and having children. She is appalled as her sister Cecelia is pulled into a cell of aspiring terrorists by her boyfriend Konstantin. Their brother Philip does his bit for Germany in a desperate war for the last Asian oil fields. A destabilized family deal with their hopes and fears as they face their future in an unstable world.

  • Director: Lars Kraume
  • Runtime: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

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Die Wand/ The Wall

Starring: Martina Gedeck, Luchs, Karlheinz Hackl, Ulrike Beimpold

A woman is holidaying with two friends at their hunting lodge in the Austrian Alps. She's not tempted by their offer of an evening out in a town in the valley below and opts for a `quiet' night in.

  • Director: Julian Pölsler
  • Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Julian Roman Pölsler's bewitching debut manages to be at once a creepy sci-fi parable, a feminist Robinson Crusoe and a clear-eyed ode to the wonders of nature experienced in solitude. Walden pond with added wall.”

– The Guardian

Department of German and Russian and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.