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German film nights.

By Maria Gregoriou

THE Goethe-Institut in Nicosia is gearing up for summer with the Open Air German Film Nights 2015, which will be rolling onto the screen from Wednesday until October (with a summer break from July 16 until September 1).

All films will be shown in their original German language with English or Greek subtitles. Films will be screened on Wednesdays at 9pm and admission is free.

Starting from the beginning, the first film to be shown will be the 2012 drama Home for the Weekend directed by Hans-Christian Schmid.

The story revolves around Gunter and Gitte who live in a grand house out in the country and are looking forward to their son Marko's visit, who is bringing along their grandson Zowie from Berlin.

Marko is embarking on a career as a writer and his brother Jakob runs a local dental clinic so the family looks pretty normal. That is until Gitte, who has been suffering from depression for many years, claims she has recovered and stops taking her medication. Her announcement triggers reserved reactions in the family, and a series of revelations tip the family's structure out of balance.

The film will be shown with Greek subtitles.

The German film nights continue on June 24 with the 2001 family adventure Emil and the Detectives, based on the book by Erich Kastner. The film is directed by Franziska Buch and stars Tobias Retzlaff, Anja Sommavilla and Jurgen Vogel.

The somewhat modernised version of the novel follows 12-year-old Emil Tischbein as he travels from the small town of Baltic to Berlin. On his way to the city he is robbed. When he gets to Berlin he meets a gang of children who help him try to track down the thief who stole his money. In the end -- after a few comical moments -- the thief is finally overwhelmed by an enormous crowd of children.

The film will be shown with English subtitles.

July starts with a flash from the past with the 1945 romantic comedy Under the Bridges, being screened on the first of the month with Greek subtitles.

The film, based on the novel Under the Bridges of Paris by Leo de Laforgue, is set in summer on the river Spree. Willy and Hendrik, the owner and sole crewman on a river towing barge, have tied up for the night.

They see a pretty girl leaning far over a bridge, apparently intending to throw herself into the water. Suddenly a banknote floats down onto the river and they realise that the girl had just wanted to get rid of a note associated with unpleasant memories.

It is the beginning of a three-cornered story. The girl is persuaded to join Willy and Hendrik on the barge and sail to Berlin. Both naturally fall in love with her, placing their friendship under severe strain. The girl tames the situation and their journey becomes a peaceful, merry one.

But when they arrive in Berlin, the girl goes home and the two men suddenly see that only one can win her and they have both seem to have lost.

Watch this space for the rest of the programme soon.

Open Air German Film Nights 2015

Screening of German Films. June 17 until October 2. Goethe-Institut Cyprus, Nicosia. 9pm. Free. German with English or Greek subtitles. Tel: 22-674608

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