PDX German Film Festival Monthly Film Series presents Westen (West)


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.

PDX German Film Festival Monthly Film Series presents Westen (West)


About the director:

Christian Schwochow studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He garnered attention in 2008 with his debut feature film, NOVEMBER CHILD. His two-part TV film THE TOWER (2012) won the prestigious Grimme Award. His second feature film, CRACKS IN THE SHELL (2011), received several accolades, including the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. His feature WEST (2013), also won the German Film Award, this time for Best Actress. He then made his debut as a theater director with POISON at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. The production was awarded with the German Theater Prize for Best Actress. His other films include: BORNHOLMER STRASSE (2014, TV), NSU GERMAN HISTORY X (2016, TV mini-series), PAULA (2016), and the 6-part series BAD BANKS (2018).

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Westen (West)
Christian Schwochow
102 minutes

Two suitcases, a schoolbag, a cuddly 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. A West German takes them over the border. Nelly pretends to marry him. She is nervous. It’s summer, late 70s – three years after Wassilij’s death. Nelly’s boyfriend died in a car accident. Since Alexej’s father is dead, Nelly wants to leave, too. Away from the GDR, to leave the memories and the grief behind. To get a fresh start.

That should be possible on the other side of the Wall, or so Nelly believes. When she leaves, when she gets into that car, she wears a floral dress. But over there, in the West, she doesn’t know anybody. The first place of refuge for emigrants, the cramped Emergency Refugee Center in West Berlin, is her only shelter. And the place, where her past is catching up with her: The Allied secret services demand information on Wassilij. Allegedly he was a spy. Nelly has to decide if she lets the trauma of the past destroy the future she had in mind for her and her son.

Special Admission

$10 General Admission; $8 Students/Seniors; $6 Children under 12

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