Christian Emden, associate professor of German Studies at Rice University, calls Andreas Dresen one of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers and considers it a coup that the school was able to snag the director for a two-day stint. Dresen will screen Cloud 9, about a woman who has an affair after 30 years of married life, and Stopped on Track, about a man diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Both films were award-winners at Cannes, and Stopped on Track, which is making its U.S. premiere here, was voted the best film of 2011 by German film critics. Cloud 9 screens at 7 p.m. on Friday, Stopped on Track at 7 p.m. on Saturday. A Q&A session follows each screening. Both films are in German with English subtitles. 6100 Main. For information, visit www.german.rice.edu.
Fri., April 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., April 21, 7 p.m., 2012