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Film Mosaic – “Alone in Berlin”

Tuesday, May 29

8.00 pm.  A young German soldier is killed in action during the French campaign. His parents, Otto (Brendan Gleeson) & Anna (Emma Thompson), are devastated by the loss & their bereavement is made worse by the joyful hysteria at Germany’s victory. In their minds, Hitler & the Nazi regime are responsible for this tragedy & much more, Otto cannot passively stand by any longer. Otto starts a pamphlet campaign condemning Hitler & the War for useless waste of life, children, soldiers, Jews & Romanies. Anna, initially is reluctant to support Otto, but soon throws herself into the campaign. Initially the Gestapo is merely embarrassed by the appearance of these pamphlets, but soon it becomes apparent that something has to be done to stamp out the distribution & find & punish the perpetrators. Daniel Bruhl plays the Gestapo Officer tasked with stopping the distribution. This is an excellent movie adaptation of Hans Fallada’s classic novel. “Gleeson”, Thompson and Bruhl give stellar performances that you won’t forget for a long time. (Subtitles available)

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