Thursday 13 October 2011 at 20:30 / Jeudi 13 octobre à 20h30
CERN Council Chamber / Salle du Conseil

Die Welle (The Wave)

By/de : Dennis Gensel
(Germany, 2008) 107 min

With/avec: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt

High school teacher Rainer Wegner may be popular with the students, but he is also unorthodox.  He is forced to teach autocracy for the school’s project week.  He is less than enthusiastic at first, but the response of the students is surprising to say the least.  He forces the students to become more invested in the prospect of self rule, and soon the class project has its own power and eerily starts to resemble Germany’s past. Can Wegner and his class realize what is happening before the horrors start repeating themselves?

Original version german; english subtitles
Version originale allemande sous-titrée en anglais

Entrance: 2 CHF
Projection from DVD

Thursday 20 October 2011 at 20:30 / Jeudi 20 octobre à 20h30
CERN Council Chamber / Salle du Conseil

West Beirut

By/de : Ziad Doueiri
(Lebanon, 1998) 105 min

With/avec: Rami Doueiri, Naamar Sahli, Mohamad Chamas

In April, 1975, civil war breaks out; Beirut is partitioned along a Moslem-Christian line.  Tarek is in high school, making Super Eight movies with his friend, Omar. At first the war is a lark: school has closed, the violence is fascinating, getting from West to East is a game.  His mother wants to leave; his father refuses.  Tarek spends time with May, a Christian, orphaned and living in his building.  By accident, Tarek goes to an infamous brothel in the war-torn Olive Quarter, meeting its legendary madam, Oum Walid.  He then takes Omar and May there using her underwear as a white flag for safe passage.  Family tensions rise. As he comes of age, the war moves inexorably from adventure to tragedy.

Original version arabic; english subtitles
Version originale arabe; soutitrée en anglais

Entrance: 2 CHF
Projection from DVD

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