Williams College to Present Annual German and Austrian Film Festival

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 10, 2019—The Williams College German and Austrian Film Festival will take place on consecutive Mondays at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16, Sept. 23, and Sept. 30 at Images Cinema, located at 50 Spring St. in Williamstown.

This year’s Film Festival, titled “Dark Futures,” focuses on science fiction, presenting 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.

Films will be introduced by faculty from the German department at Williams College.

All films are in German with English subtitles. The screenings are free and open to the public.

Sept. 16: Endzeit/Ever After (2018)

Directed by Carolina Hellsgård

This zombie film follows two women, Vivi and Eva, struggling for safety in a post-apocalyptic eastern Germany. As they flee the confines of the Weimar zombie-free community, their journey takes them into a lush and beautiful landscape, where, in the absence of humans, nature has taken over. Finally realizing that the fight against the undead may not be theirs, a new understanding emerges.

Sept. 23: Die kommenden Tage/The Days to Come (2010)

Directed by Lars Kraum

The dreams of three adult siblings in Germany are dashed by difficult relationships and their unwitting involvement with a terrorist organization. After finishing university Laura has to choose between her desire to have children and Hans, the great love of her life. Her sister Cecilia is driven into the depths of a newly emerging form of terrorism by her unrequited love for Konstantin. Philip, the family’s youngest child, fights for his country in a desperate war for the last Asian oil fields.

Sept. 30: Die Wand/The Wall (2012)

Directed by Julian Pölsler

The film centers on a woman who wakes up one morning while on vacation in the Austrian Alps surrounded by an invisible, but impenetrable, wall. With a dog as her companion, she struggles to survive alone in the forest. Meanwhile, she keeps a journal of her thoughts, her fears, and the hardship she suffers despite the fact that it might not ever be read by anyone else.

The Williams College German and Austrian Film Festival is sponsored by the Williams College Department of German and Russian, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

For more information on the films and the festival, visit www.imagescinema.org.

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