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Film Summer with Kosmorama – Week 26

Every Friday this summer we will recommend different available movies you may enjoy, late summer nights. We introduce 4 films every week and promise several great film moments!

A man threatened by being turned into a lobster, another by intelligence agencies, immigrants threatened by Neo-Nazis, and a whole world threatened by The Nothing. All this and more in this week’s film tips!

THE LOBSTER (YORGOS LANTHIMOS, 2015)

In a dystopian future single people are sent to The Hotel to find a partner within 45 days. If you fail to do so you’re turned into an animal of your own choosing and released in in the woods. After his wife leaves him for another man, David (Colin Farrell) arrives The Hotel with his brother, who is also a dog, in search for a partner but with The Hotel’s rules of compatibility this proves more difficult than first assumed.

Sometimes important issues can become invisible to us because our society accepts that “that’s just the way it is”. What does it take to bring these issues to light? The Lobster has a lot of humor and charm, but at the same time it deals with the issue of being an adult single in a society “designed for couples”. Director Lanthimos’ stroke of genius is to create a bizarre universe where he takes these issues we rarely or never thing about to their extremes – and then makes the universe believable for the audience. The result is a dark comedy that raises serious questions about the value of human relationships, especially when they’re “designed” by the society we live in.

The Lobster won three (!) awards at the Cannes festival in 2015 and was part of Kosmorama’s program in 2016. If you missed it then, it’s now available on Viaplay.

Original Title: The Lobster
Country: Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, UK, France
Running time: 119 min
Language: English

WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE STRONG (BURHAN QURBANI, 2014)

Original Title: Wir Sind Junge. Wir Sind Stark
Country: Germany
Running time: 123 min
Language: German

TRAILER

Stefan is unemployed, in his late teens and hangs out with his friends, more or less aware that they are flirting with Neo-Nazism. We Are Young. We Are Strong takes place in Rostock, Germany in the dramatic August days of 1992 when the city experienced multiple violent riots and attacks on immigrants, mainly from Asia.

Burhan Qurbani was nominated for the New Directors Award at Kosmorama in 2015 for We Are Young. We Are Strong, which is now available on Netflix.

The Documentary:
CITIZENFOUR 
(LAURA POITRAS, 2014)

Original Title: Citizenfour
Country: USA, Germany, UK
Running time: 108 min
Language: English

TRAILER

Laura Poitras travels to Hong Kong to meet Edward Snowden, Citizenfour, and start the process of exposing the illegal surveillance of the American people done by the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

Citizenfour won an Oscar for best documentary and is available at NRK.no.

The Family Film:
THE NEVERENDING STORY 
(WOLFGANG PETERSEN, 1984)

Original Title: Die unendliche Geschichte
Country: West Germany, USA
Running time: 102 min
Language: English

TRAILER

Bastian is a dreamer and does not fit in, either at home or at school. When he hides in a book shop from the bullies he discovers a mysterious book. While he reads, he gets absorbed (literally) by a magical land called Fantasia, which is threatened by The Nothing. The NeverEnding Story is a warm and exciting fairytale about not fitting in, but to find confidence through the fantasy. A film that is just as relevant today as it was in 1984.

The Neverending Story is available on Netflix.

 

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