Campus cinema in English Winter semester 2020-21

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Drama // 122 Min. // »No joke – this DC movie is amazing.« (IGN) PUT ON A HAPPY FACE. During the 1980s, failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure. Drawing its spirit and style from classic ‘70s and ‘80s films director Todd Phillips presents Gotham as a stand-in for the hellish New York of an era in which rampant crime, corruption, economic crises and social ills saw it dubbed “Feary City”. Featuring a riveting, fully realized, and Oscar-winning performance by Joaquin Phoenix, Joker would work just as well as an engrossing character study without any of its DC Comics trappings making Joker a film that leaves comic book fans and non-fans alike disturbed and moved in all the right ways.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Adventure // 161 Min. // »Gilderoy Lockhart reveals all about basilisks and the secret to his shiny, full hair.« (The Daily Prophet) CELEBRITY IS AS CELEBRITY DOES. Five-time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile Award Gilderoy Lockhart wants to take a break from his many heroics and selflessly takes the job as the Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts in order to hand over his knowledge and wisdom to the grateful pupils. But adventure and danger follow the Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League when a bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. He volunteers to prepare the students in his Duelling Club to face a danger that only he knows how to battle. But the biggest burden – to directly face the enemy – will once again lay on only one pair of shoulders: Gilderoy Lockharts.


Movie night - a Christmas movie

Romantic Comedy // 102 Min. // »Worth giving your heart to.« (Los Angeles Times) WHO DOESN’T HAVE A LITTLE CHRISTMAS BAGGAGE? Kate is a young woman who has a habit of making bad decisions, and her last date with disaster occurs after she accepts work as Santa’s elf for a department store. However, after she meets Tom there, her life takes a new turn. The air is filled with love and the echoes of “The Shop Around the Corner”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Love, Actually”. Director Paul Feig takes Emma Thompson’s sparkling screenplay, the effortlessly charming and camera-friendly performances by Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding and a lot of music from the late great George Michael and creates one of the best Christmas movies in years.


The Farewell

Drama // 100 Min. // »The Farewell takes place at the nexus of celebration and sorrow.« (Vox)  BASED ON AN ACTUAL LIE. A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time. Grief and love, sorrow and joy, truth and fiction all coexist in Lulu Wang’s finely tuned drama. An outstanding, quietly devastating, deeply personal story drawing out the contrasts in Billi’s life. Being both Chinese and American, grappling between East and West, individual and being part of a family, insider and outsider. These themes make it hard to find a film this year as universally resonant, yet so culturally specific, as The Farewell.


Movie Night

THERE IS ENCHANTMENT IN THE LIGHT. Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Starring Willem Dafoe as salty lighthouse keeper and Robert Pattinson as his taciturn new apprentice in what must be the performance of his career. May it be the increasingly demented psychological horror, the intriguingly murky mythology, a superstition that creates increasing friction between Dafoe and the seagulls, or the claustrophobic 1.19:1 aspect ratio monochrome: Everything about The Lighthouse lands with a crash. It’s one of 2020s first essential cinematic experience – a film to make your head and soul ring.


Little Women

Drama // 134 Min. // »When sisterhood is powerful.« (Boston Globe)  OWN YOUR STORY.  Little Women slices through the 19th century nostalgia with a modern edge, making Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of Meg, Amy, Beth and Jo March surprising albeit familiar at the same time. Each sister – in their own respective way – tries to find their place in this not-so-dated misogynistic world, one that has a very specific vision for them: marry rich.  Gerwig’s decision to integrate more of Jo March’s life as a writer into the film is not only an impressive meta commentary on Alcott’s own experience trying to publish Little Women, it also makes Jo more conflicted than ever. She wants to be a famous writer, and she will do whatever she can to make that happen, but at the same time, she also wants to be loved. Don’t we all?


Movie of your choice: Motherless Brooklyn or 1917 or Emma

The force is with you for this movie. Vote at one of our January screenings or on social media. You can choose between a Film noir detective thriller, a rousing world war drama or a bizarre historic comedy.


Birds of Prey

Action // 109 Min. // »Harley Quinn’s wild ride is fierce and fun as hell.« (Screen Rant)  MIND OVER MAYHEM. After her breakup with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins forces with singer Black Canary, assassin Huntress, and police detective Renee Montoya to help a young girl named Cassandra, who had a hit placed on her after she stole a rare diamond from crime lord Roman Sionis. Birds of Prey tells a story of emancipation, not only of Harley Quinn from her relationship with Joker, but with the film itself being a liberation from male-led and male-created superhero comic book movies. With a wicked sense of humor and exhilarating action, Birds of Prey is fierce, fun and a total blast –­­­ and an empowering girl power superhero romp.


Knives Out

Comedy // 131 Min. // »Knives Out is a modern whodunnit in the tradition of Agatha Christie.« (The Wall Street Journal) HELL, ANY OF THEM COULD HAVE DONE IT. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red-herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. Rian Johnson crafted an entertainment that’s as smart, witty, stylish and exhilarating as anyone could wish for. Best advice: See it twice! Once to play the game, to track the clues, discard the red-herrings and to read between the lines. Then see it again to see how cleverly all the pieces fit together.