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June 2018

Film Club June: Berlin ’36

Tuesday 5 Jun at 7.45 pm

2009/Germany – Drama, Dir: Kaspar Heidelbach, 90 mins

In the days leading up to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the fate of promising high jumper Gretel Bergmann hangs in the balance while it is decided whether a Jewish athlete can be a part of the German Olympic team. The Americans and the International Olympic Committee demand that Jewish athletes are not to be excluded from the event, putting the Nazi Olympic Committee in great difficulty. A victory by a Jewish athlete would seriously humiliate the Nazi party. Only a few days before the Games Gretel is finally replaced by Marie, the second best athlete with whom a new friendship has just formed during training. But Marie has a secret.

July 2018

Film Club July: Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Tuesday 3 Jul at 7.45 pm

1970/Italy – Drama, Dir: Vittorio De Sica, 95 mins

This classic Italian drama set in the late 1930s is based on the book of the same name by Giorgio Bassani. It focuses on the fate of the intellectual Finzi-Contini family, wealthy Jewish aristocrats who live on an idyllic estate in Ferrara. Siblings Alberto and Micol regularly hold parties with their friends, largely sheltered from the growing anti-Semitism in their country. When the Fascist movement becomes stronger, however, it affects everyone in the orbit of the family forcing them to open the gates of their walled-off dreamworld.

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