Fest presents new German films

Posted by Tom Tugend

It used to be the conventional wisdom that Americans wouldn’t go to see foreign movies because they didn’t like to read subtitles.
Fortunately, that phobia seems to have dissipated and one indicator is the success of the Israeli, Polish, French, Hungarian and other film festivals in Los Angeles.
Upcoming is German Currents, screening Sept. 30 – Oct. 5 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, Goethe Institut in mid-Wilshire, and Redcat in downtown Los Angeles.
Recommended is “Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family,” a sumptuous production on the fortunes of a 19th century German merchant dynasty, based on Thomas Mann’s epic “Die Buddenbrooks,” which led to his Nobel Prize in Literature.
The film screening Oct. 4 at the Aero Theaters stars the noted German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl (“Avalon,” “The Music Box” and “Jacob the Liar”) as the family patriarch.
Also scheduled on Oct. 4 at the Goethe Institut is “A Triangle Dialogue,” featuring the works of five young directors from Israel. Poland and Germany.
Included are three short films set in Israel, dealing with the wall separating Israelis and Palestinians, a family mystery, and gay soldiers.
For details, visit www.goethe.de/ins/us/los/kue/flm/gec/enindex.htm