And then there are the more serious films, like todays Berlin. The earliest film in the festival is 1957s Berlin Schönhauser Corner; thats about teenage problems and gangs. It was very, very popular, although the official government-type critics were very nervous about it. They didnt want to do anything to foster unrest among the teenagers, but here was [a film about] juvenile delinquents getting in trouble, says Friedan. Divided Heaven is more serious still. This is a very interesting experimental film directed by Konrad Wolf. Its about a young woman who tries to commit suicide, and while shes recuperating, shes remembering what led to that. Then there is Egon Günthers 1971 film Her Third, which, like Paul and Paula, is an excellent example of the strong roles of women in East German cinema.
Sun., Oct. 14, 5 p.m., 2007