Wolfgang Becker, 2003, Germany, 121′, Certificate: 15
East Germany, 1989: A woman suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma as she watches her son getting arrested for protesting against the regime. She wakes up some months later, when the Wall has fallen and GDR is no more but, to protect her fragile health, she has to avoid any major excitement; in desperation, her son tries to meticulously recreate the GDR inside their flat, but he cannot avoid the massive historical and everyday changes forever…
One of the most beloved German films, “Good Bye Lenin!” is an inventive, emotional, funny and poignant dramedy, which launched the international career of its young star, Daniel Brühl (“The Bourne Ultimatum”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “Rush”).
Winner and nominee for numerous awards worldwide, it is simply an absolute must-see!
The feature screening will be preceded by a (very) short film!
Where: The Grove Centre, 2 Jews Walk, Sydenham SE26 6PL
When: 7.30pm Thursday 30th March
Tickets: £5 on the door/free to SFC members
☆☆☆☆ “It combines satire of the communist state and its desperate and sentimental delusions and state-sponsored infantilism, with a love story: the kind of love story rarely celebrated in the movies or anywhere else – a boy’s love for his mother.” Peter Bradshaw, www.theguardian.com
“Becker handles the film’s comedy with fluency(…) but he’s even better when it comes to the story’s more wistful dramatic elements.” Ann Hornaday, www.washingtonpost.com
“…deliciously offbeat comedy, as wildly inventive as anything Billy Wilder ever conceived.” Ruthe Stein, www.sfgate.com
“With the narrative briskness of Amelie and a nimble political savvy, Good Bye, Lenin! is a romantic comedy so smart and sweetly mature, it’s liberating.” Time.com,