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THE WALL: The Berlin Wall in German Cinema

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Goethe-Institut Irland

37 Merrion Square

D02 XK52 Dublin

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The Wall / Die Mauer
Dir.: Jürgen Böttcher, 98 min, color/b&w, GDR, 1989/1990
With English subtitles

2019 marks the 30th annversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. To commemorate the occasion the Goethe-Institut Irland is presenting a short series of films about the Wall and its fall as part of the Dublin Festival of History. The second film of the series is a poetic and enigmatic documentary by painter and filmmaker Jürgen Böttcher, who relies on sight and sound to contemplate the Berlin Wall's historic and symbolic significance.

This unconventional film highlights the Berlin Wall, its last days and its highly anticipated destruction. Both seemingly banal and historical moments are captured and presented without verbal commentary. On the broken-down Wall, memorable motion-picture footage is projected – from Emperor Wilhelm's ride through the Brandenburg Gate, to the torch-lit procession of the Nazis, to footage of an East German soldier jumping over barbed wire as the Wall is being built and the fall of the Wall. The images are shown with a painter's sensitivity, shot against the acoustic backdrop of construction equipment, curious masses of people and a relentless media. This masterpiece reflects the soul of Berlin in that moment.

This three part film series on the Berlin Wall also includes:

GOOD BYE, LENIN! by Wolfgang Becker on 2 October 2019 at 6:30pm

NOVEMBER DAYS by Marcel Ophüls on 16 October 2019 at 6:30pm

Admission is free, but booking via Eventbrite is essential.

Presented by the Goethe-Institut Irland as part of the Dublin Festival of History 2019.

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