Martina Gedeck, above) to the various judges and other witnesses on hand. The subject is so up-to-the-minute and the handling of it by the writers so clear-eyed and encompassing that everything from immigration and the Muslim religion to the taking of lives, justified or not, will be rolling around your brain, trying desperately to sort themselves out.
ORIGINAL BLISS (Gleißendes Glück) that tracks the current life of a woman who's having a hell of a time sleeping at night. We enter her world slowly and piecemeal but well enough to determine that she is deeply problemed. The more we learn, the deeper those problems go, and we also learn that they involve her handsome husband (Johannes Krisch, below), at the same time as they introduce her (and us) to a new man in her life (played by Ulrich Tukur, on poster, above).
Sven Taddicken, the film is never uninteresting, and Ms Gedeck is, as ever, remarkable. (Catch her in The Wall, if you haven't already.) The actress pretty much carries the movie, though Tukur is excellent, too, as always. It's an odd tale told here, with characters so off-the-beaten-path that some audiences may not care to follow them. But if you're given to themes of desire and dysfunction, by all means check out Original Bliss. It's original -- and then some.
Paula Modersohn-Becker, the new movie about her starring Carla Juri (so scarily memorable in Wetlands) will probably entice. Beautifully filmed and gorgeously in "period," PAULA is directed by Christian Schwochow and co-written by Stefan Kolditz and Stephan Suschke. It covers the time of Paula's life from art student through her ill-fated marriage to a man with "fear" problems (oddly well-founded, as it turns out) to a few years of creating paintings that would eventually be seen as both important and even ground-breaking for women in art.
POWER TO CHANGE: THE ENERGY REVOLUTION, and it holds up Germany as a kind of model European country in terms of renewable energy and the decentralization of energy systems. This is a genuinely fascinating film, alternately energizing in the possibilities it shows us and also depressing, as we see that Germany, too, is prey to lobbyists and money and so many of the same things that plague us here in the USA.
Landmark Sunshine Cinema. In addition to these four films, there are many more worth a look. You can view the entire schedule by clicking here.