Friday, January 22, 2010

Filming it Up: Goethe-Institut

Here's a chance chance to see some movies you can't catch at the multiplex, but can walk to from the 42 bus route.

Goethe Institut: Film-Neu 2010 Festival
January 22-28
E Street Cinema, E St NW b/t 10th and 11h

This festival is nearly 20 years old. It features films from German, Switzerland and Austria. There are 10 movies total. Here is the entire schedule. And following, my two picks. Descriptions provided by the fest.

Let's Make MONEY
This visual tone poem follows director Erwin Wagenhofer's 2005 documentary, We Feed the World, which traced the global path of food from raw material to table. In this film, Wagenhofer shows what can be done when a passionate social activist uses a vivid visual style to convey ideas that can change the world. (Austria, 2008, color, 107 min.)
Saturday, January 23, 4:30pm
Sunday, January 24, 9:15pm

Pope Joan (Die Päpstin)
Fascinating and moving story of Joan of Ingelheim, who rises through the ranks of the Roman clergy disguised as a man and is elected pope in the year 843. Based on Donna Woolfolk Cross's bestseller. Discussion and book signing with author Donna Cross following. (Germany/Italy/Spain, 2009, color, 140 min.)
Wednesday, January 27, 6:45pm

Ticket Prices per film
Festival Opening Session (Jan 22, tonight!): $25
General Admission: $10
Students and Friends of the Goethe-Institut: $8
Seniors: $7.50