MY GERMAN FRIEND
Dir. Jeanine Meerapfel (110min, Germany/Argentina, 2013)
In Spanish and German with English Subtitles
Narrative
DC Premiere

In the late 1950s, Sulamit Löwenstein strikes up a casual friendship with her neighbor Friedrich in a quiet, affluent section of Buenos Aires. She is the daughter of German-Jewish immigrants and he is the son of a senior SS officer – a tragic legacy that will haunt them both.

Following the teenaged Friedrich to Germany, Sulamit finds him caught up in the radical politics of late-1960s student life; later, he returns to Argentina to join the fight against the military junta. My German Friend distills the momentous sweep of post-war Argentinian history into a story that is intimate, tender, and always humane.

Co-Presented by George Washington University Judaic Studies Department


Jeanine Meerapfel was born in Argentina in 1943. From 1964 to 1968 she studied under Alexander Kluge and Edgar Reitz at the Institute for Film at the Ulm Academy of Design, having been one of the first women to be enrolled there. Until the end of the 1970s she gave film seminars in Ulm and at the Goethe-Institut in various countries. Her first feature film, Malou (1980), won the international film critics award FIPRESCI in Cannes and received top awards at the San Sebástian and Chicago film festivals. In 1988 Jeanine Meerapfel completed La Amiga. A wealth of awards and nominations followed. 





DATES AND TICKETS

Sunday, March 2, 5:45 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD



Saturday, March 8, 8:45 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW at I Street
Washington, DC


PRESS

“My German Friend distills the momentous sweep of post-war Argentinian history into a story that is intimate, tender, and always humane: in lead roles that see them age from teenagers into middle age, Celeste Cid and Max Riemelt are superb.”
-BFI, Film Forever
 

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