In Times of Fading Light (In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts)

Sunday, February 11
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1hr 40mins // directed by:Matti Geschonneck // featuring:Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Sylvester Groth // in German with English subtitles

In the early fall of 1989, the days of communist Germany are numbered as the structures of East Germany are starting to give in to the pressures of the West and the peaceful revolution. But in the living room of the Powileits, time stands still. 

It’s Wilhelm’s 90th birthday. A former resistance fighter and exile, he is an unapologetically hard line communist veteran. His wife Charlotte invited neighbors and friends to celebrate this special occasion. But chaos sneaks in as an uninvited guest as Sascha, apparently the only person capable of setting up the expandable buffet table, fails to show up. While everybody does their best to pretend that the outside world is still as it was, a big, scandalous surprise waits in the wings: Sascha defected to the West a few days ago…