PORTLAND GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL – Monthly Film Series
In our Monthly Film Series, we will show a variety of GERMAN or GERMAN language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, audiences will now have a chance to see these films on a regular basis at the CLINTON STREET THEATER. (Children movies will be playing on Sunday afternoons – please check our website.) All films are with English subtitles.
Cast: Faezeh Nikoozad, Cornelia von Fürstenberg, Narges Kalhor, Alireza Golafshan, Mahnaz Saerwari, Ali Abuhassan, Tahmineh Dokhani
In the Name of Scheherazade or the First Beer Garden in Tehran is many, many things. A multi-layered approach to storytelling, identity and the Othering, the film finds Iranian director Narges Kalhor playing herself while she struggles to finish her film In the Name of Scheherazade (or perhaps The First Beer Garden in Tehran?) with the aid of an academic advisor. The film-within-a-film includes many different stories intercut: an animated musical version of some stories in Arabian Nights, a live-action Scheherazade telling her stories in front of a green screen to the king, an Afghan performance artist and, more prominently, an Iranian woman trying to open the first beer garden in Tehran, where alcohol is illegal.
CAST: Karin Hübner, Harald Leipnitz, Louise Martini, Paul Esser, Wolfgang Spier, Werner Peters, Hannelore Elsner, Fritz Rémond jun., Walter Buschhoff, Korinna Rahls, Alexandra Stewart, Bruce Low, Lore Hartling, Narziss Sokatscheff, Gerda Blisse
Berlin Tempelhof Airport: Several flights have been cancelled, and people wait in the fog for planes that don’t arrive. Individual fates come to light behind the usual everyday stories. There’s deception and adultery, lost illusions and ruined careers. Within just a few hours, people are thrown off the seemingly ordered paths of their lives. When the next day arrives, their lives have changed forever.