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West (Germany) – Thursday 26 November, 8pm

By July 22, 2015January 2nd, 2016archive, Season 13 Films

A late 1970s-set drama about a young East German woman trying to build a new life in the west is an intriguing study of family, love and treachery.

Two suitcases, a schoolbag, a toy – that’s all Nelly Senff and her son Alexej take with them to start their new life in the West. A Volkswagen stops in front of their house in East Berlin and a West German man takes them over the border. Nelly wants a fresh start and it should be possible on the other side of the Wall. Her only shelter is the first place of refuge for emigrants, the Emergency Refugee Center in West Berlin. It is the place where her past will catch up with her. – Cambridge Film Festival

Germany, 2013 | Language: German | 103 minutes | Cert: CLUB

Director: Christian Schwochow

Starring: Jordis Triebel, Tristan Gobel, Alexander Scheer, Jacky Ido, Anja Antonowicz