Thursday 27 October 2011 at 20:30
CERN Council Chamber


By: Saverio Costanzo
(Italy, 2004) 90 min

With: Mohammed Bakri, Lior Miller, Hend Ayoub

A Palestinian family with five children lives outside town, near Israeli settlements. Samia, the wife, wants to leave; so does one teen son. Mohammad, the patriarch, is adamant that he is staying. Two of his adolescent children want to fight. His is the passive aggression of non-violent witness. Israeli soldiers burst into the home, taking over the second floor. At night, the family is locked in the living room. We see the effects of the occupation on the children and on the marriage. Through the eyes of Miriam, the older daughter, we watch the soldiers from her hiding place. Jamal, the eldest son, sets a trap with a grenade. Characters call upon Allah. Chaos and death are close.

Original version arabic / english / hebrew; english subtitles

Entrance: 2 CHF
Projection from DVD

Thursday 3 November 2011 at 20:30
CERN Council Chamber

Downfall / Der Untergang

By: Oliver Hirschbiegel
(Germany, 2004) 150 min

With: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes

Set in Berlin in 1945, this powerful and provocative war drama retells the final days of the Second World War as recorded in the diaries of Adolf Hitler’s private secretary, Traudi Junge, while barricaded with Hitler and his closest confidants in the Führer’s secret bunker.  This unprecedented and controversial insider’s perspective is a gripping insight into the madness and desperation of Hitler in the final hours of the war as the Russian Army closes a ring around Berlin.

Original version german; english subtitles

Entrance: 2 CHF
Projection from DVD

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