Walled Cities 6: Good Bye Lenin! + Q&A

BBFC RatingWalled Cities 6: Good Bye Lenin! + Q&A

Showing: 08 May 2024

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Wed 8 May 2024

GenreComedy, Drama
Director(s)Wolfgang Becker
Writer(s)Bernd Lichtenberg, Wolfgang Becker, Achim von Borries
LanguageGerman, English, Russian
Running Time2HR 1MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonWalled Cities 6

Screening as part of Walled Cities 6, Good Bye Lenin! is the tragicomic story of the cultural and urban transformation in now reunited/undivided Berlin.

Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) is Alex Kerner, a young man protesting against the East German regime in 1980s Berlin. When he is arrested by police, Alex's devoted socialist mother Christiane (Katrin Sass) suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Some months later, the GDR no longer exists as Christiane awakes from her coma. Warned by doctors that his mother's heart is weak and any shock may cause another, fatal attack, Alex attempts to conceal the societal changes and sets up the GDR again, in the confines of their flat.

Good Bye Lenin! blends comedy with the emotional depth of a family navigating through the upheavals of history, love, and change.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk, senior lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University. The discussion will include two invited speakers, Joan Parsons, Head of QFT and tbc, experts and academics in the field.

This event is part of CACity presents: Walled Cities 6, a short film season exploring political conflict in divided communities and walled cities around the world. Presented by CACity (Cinema and Architecture in the City) Collaborative Research Group, it is organised by Gul Kacmaz Erk and Marie Curie researcher Ece Sila Bora.

These events are supported by Film Hub NI and the BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund, awarding funds from National Lottery.

Walled Cities also includes the “Film(ing) Architecture: Film Studio/Set Design in Titanic Square” Exhibition of the Cinematic Architecture Studio of Queen’s MSc Advanced Architectural Design and PgCert Cinematic Architecture programmes. The exhibition with architectural drawings, models, and films, which brings cinema and architecture together, can be visited at the QFT foyer between 24 April and 8 May. Find out more here.

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