Hanami (Doris Dorrie)
by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor
Kino 2008, the Museum of Modern Art’s 29th annual survey of new films from Germany, will bring a selection of contemporary fiction features, documentaries, student works, and animated films—all New York premieres—for one week beginning on November 5. The film series, by both veteran and debut filmmakers, open with Hanami (Cherry Blossoms/Kirchblueten) (2008), a tender, emotionally intense, and profoundly moving story of family by Doris Dorrie, one of Germany’s foremost filmmakers. The series also includes Eye to Eye-All About German Film (2008), a lively and passionate survey of German film history through the eyes and films of key contemporary German filmmakers such as Wim Wenders, Dorrie, and Andreas Dresen, whose new film, Wolke 9 (Cloud 9), explores the sexual relationship between a 65-year-old married woman and her 70-plus-year-old lover. Die Welle (The Wave), directed by Dennis Gansel, is a suspenseful account of one high school teacher's lesson in fascism going horribly awry. Kino 2008 is presented with the support of German Film, the national promotion board and the Goethe Institute New York.