Meet Maren Ade
February 11 - 23
The Cannes sensation TONI ERDMANN vaulted Maren Ade into the top rank of world directors. Her talent was already apparent in two critically esteemed but little-seen earlier works, presented here in 35mm prints.
The Forest For The Trees
Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen
2003, Maren Ade, Germany, 81 min. With Eva Löbau, Daniela Holz.
- Sat, Feb 11th 2:30pm
- Thu, Feb 16th 8:15pm
“Grippingly raw and truthful...Ade’s film has the best ending of the year.” — Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope
This micro-budget first feature marked Maren Ade (director of the recently released Cannes sensation TONI ERDMANN) as a talent to watch. A bright-eyed young schoolteacher from the Swabian sticks arrives in the city of Karlsruhe eager to make friends and inspire her students, but her high hopes crumble in a series of disastrous faux pas that might be funny if they weren’t so excruciatingly real. Filled with chagrin and compassion, this is a film that will make you squirm and, in the amazing final scene, blow your mind. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
2009, Maren Ade, Germany, 119 min. With Birgit Minichmayr, Lars Eidinger.
“Superbly performed, emotionally graphic.” — J. Hoberman, Village Voice
“So much is right and true in this lovely, delicate work.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Envy and attraction make for an oil-and-water mix in this sun-drenched drama. A villa on Sardinia is the vacation love nest for Chris (Eidinger), a fledgling architect with a foundering career, and his spunky new girlfriend Gitti (Minichmayr), a spunky bundle of energy who does PR for a rock band. Despite frequent lovemaking and Gitti’s good-natured nurturing, Chris drowns in insecurities. A pivotal social encounter with a rival architect and his docile wife brings their relationship to a head when a terminal blowout raises the question of whether love itself is an illusion. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. In German with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)