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25 km/h

After years of estrangement, brothers Christian and Georg finallycross paths again at their father’s funeral. Georg is extremely angry with Christian which results in a horrific fistfight at the cemetery. Finally, fueled with alcohol, and a rousing game of table tennis, they decide to fulfill a goal from childhood – a moped trip through Germany, confined to 25 km/h. “25km/h” plays with the theme of the American classic – “Easy Rider” – as they make their journey with laughter, outrageous arguments, and impetuous decisions. In the end, they find themselves, and each other – once again.
Thu, Oct 17 7:30 PM
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Balloon

On a chilly night of September 1979, two families with their four children managed a spectacular escape from East Germany by sailing over a heavily fortified border in their homemade balloon. The Stasi police were right behind them. More than 800 lost their lives trying to cross that border. Wetzel, a bricklayer, and his friend, Strelzyk, an electrician, secretly sewed together their balloon from scratch. This was 10 years before the Berlin Wall finally came down.
Fri, Oct 18 2:40 PM
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Born in Evin

Filmmaker and actress Maryam Zaree, embarks on a quest to discover the circumstances that were present at her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world. She was born in Evin shortly after the Islamic Republic was established. Her parents were considered political dissidents and have refused to speak about the trauma of those days. Their silence instilled a mission, and now, 40 years later, Maryam will explore the circumstances of her birth even while the same repressive religious forces remain in power
Wed, Oct 16 5:20 PM
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Cleo: If I Could Turn Back Time

Cleo is a young woman obsessed with a desire to turn back time and undo the death of her parents. She meets Paul, who has a map that might lead to the treasure she’s dreaming of – a stolen magical clock. They set off on a crazy adventure through Berlin exploring its myths, legends, and dark underground. In the end, she’s confronted by the ultimate question: should she want to turn back time at all?
Thu, Oct 17 12:40 PM
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Cultural Journey: Experience Germany Reception

Heartland Film has initiated a new and unique international program called Cultural Journey, a tribute to and a celebration ofthe cinema, culture, and cuisine of a specific country. The program began in 2017 with a look at the explosive cinema of India. In 2018, we explored the cultural highlights of Mexico. This year, Heartland Film will present eight stunning new feature films from Germany, as well as tastings of German delicacies at a special reception and screening event. Reception includes classic German food, German music by Monika Herzig, and a screening of “25 km/h."
Thu, Oct 17 6:00 PM
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How About Adolf

Award-winning director Sönke Wortmann has crafted an outstanding social satire lathered in witty dialogue and perfect timing. We’re at a family and friends dinner when Thomas, deciding to be provocative, announces that he and his pregnant girlfriend plan to name their son Adolf. The scene escalates with lingering German guilt and angst over the Nazi past. Personal secrets and truths are dragged to light, kicking and screaming. Unforgivable things are said; it’s a feast of childhood transgressions and suppressed passions. Nothing is hidden, nothing is forgotten.
Fri, Oct 18 5:00 PM
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Keeper, The

She finds him in a local Nazi POW camp outside Manchester at the end of WWII when hostility towards Germany is palpable. He is the famous footballer Bert Trautmann; “The Keeper” is based on his personal story. Bert’s football skills are noted by Manchester City and they pick him up as a goalie. His signing causes outrage within the community but Margaret campaigns for him and gets support from a local Rabbi. Bert’s talent shines at the 1956 FA Cup Final when he secures victory for Manchester City by playing despite a broken neck
Tue, Oct 15 5:00 PM
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Last Berliner, The

The last un-renovated building in a trendy neighborhood is being emptied. The former tenants are moving out, but one man refuses to budge. His son tries to convince him to move into social housing but he won’t leave his beloved apartment of 40 years. The situation escalates, getting completely out of hand. When a young policeman arrives, the son is forced to finally take a stand. This is a thriller about the cost of gentrification and the good souls who lose along the way.
Fri, Oct 18 10:00 AM
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Systemsprenger (System Crasher) - Germany BIFF Oscar® Contender

Benni is a nine-year-old “system crasher” with the face of an angel. She’s small but dangerous – a child who breaks every single rule and falls through the cracks of social services. All she wants is to be with her beloved mother. But mommy can’t cope. She only adds to the child’s pain, frustration, and rage. All seems lost until she meets Micha – her school escort. Can he make the difference? Also a part of our Best International Feature Film Oscar® Contender Program as the official German entry
Wed, Oct 16 7:20 PM
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