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German Films continue with Cannes Festival winner

Oct. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The German Film Series at Western Michigan University continues its fall schedule of seven films with the 1974 classic "Ali: Fear eats the Soul" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in 3209A Kohrman Hall.

Written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, "Ali: Fear eats the Soul" ("Angst essen Seele auf") stars the late German actress Brigitte Mira as Emmi Kurowski, a woman in her 50s who falls in love with Ali, an Arab guest worker more than 10 years her junior. When they decide to marry, all of their friends are initially opposed. After the opposition dies down, however, Emmi and Ali begin to question their decision.

"Angst essen Seele auf" won multiple awards for Fassbinder at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. Then 64-year-old Mira won Outstanding Actress at the 1974 German Film Awards. Her career in German films and television spanned 57 years from 1948 to her death in Berlin in March 2005.

All films in WMU's German Film Series are free and open to the public. All are presented in German with English subtitles and begin at 7:30 p.m. in 3209A Kohrman Hall.

Fall 2006 German Film Series

Tuesday, Sept. 12, "Downfall" ("Der Untergang")

Tuesday, Sept. 19, "Head On" ("Gegen die Wand")

Monday, Oct. 2, "Yasemin" [canceled]

Monday, Oct. 16, "Ali: Fear eats the Soul" ("Angst Essen Seele auf")

Monday, Oct. 30, "The Blue Angel" ("Der Blaue Engel")

Tuesday, Nov. 14, "Run Lola Run" ("Lola Rennt")

Tuesday, Nov. 28, "The Educators" ("Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei")

For more information about the German Film Series, contact Dr. Olivia Gabor-Peirce, assistant professor of German, at olivia.gabor@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3036.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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