'Germany' to kick off film exhibition

“Germany 09,” a compilation pic comprising 13 shorts by leading Teutonic filmmakers, kicks off this month’s contempo German film exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Kino! At Thirty: New Cinema From Germany runs April 22-30 at the Roy and Niuta Titus theaters with eight titles, including New German Cinema classics from the 1970s such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “The Merchant of Four Seasons,” Margarethe von Trotta’s “The Balance of Happiness” and Werner Herzog’s “Stroszek,” as well as a selection from the past year: Ulla Wagner’s WWII-era love story “The Invention of Currywurst,” Christian Schwochow’s family drama-cum-mystery “November Child” and Christian Klandt’s “Weltstadt,” about two teenage boys who commit a heinous crime in a small town.

Providing a bridge between the two cinematic eras is Laurens Straub and Dominik Wessely’s 2008 documentary “Reverse Shot — Rebellion of the Filmmaker,” about the Filmverlag de Autoren, the founding organization of the New German Cinema movement.

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