Williams College to Present Fifth Annual German and Austrian Film Festival

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: nlemoine​@williams​.edu

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 11, 2018—The Williams College German and Austrian Film Festival will take place on consecutive Mondays at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1 at Images Cinema located at 50 Spring St. in Williamstown.

This year’s German and Austrian Film Festival explores the theme “Power/Frauen: Women and Power.” Films will be introduced by faculty from the German department at Williams College or special guests.

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

Sept. 17: Mademoiselle Paradis a.k.a. Licht (2017)

Directed by Barbara Albert

This period drama tells the tale of a social system based on prohibitions and repression, and of women who try to come to terms with it and find their own space and freedom within its restrictive structures. Kathrin Resetarits, the film’s screenwriter, will introduce the film and take questions following the screening.

Sept. 24: Toni Erdmann (2016)

Directed by Maren Ade

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival, Toni Erdmann is a heartfelt dramatic comedy about a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard-working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.

Oct. 1: Hannah Arendt (2012)

Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

This cinematic portrait examines the life of female philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. A reporter for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann, Arendt had a love affair with German philosopher Martin Heidegger, which was complicated by the fact that he was a Nazi supporter.

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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