Tips for Thursday
South Korean director extraordinaire Bong Joon Ho, known for OKJA, SNOWPIERCER and his latest masterpiece, PARASITE, will be at a Filmmakers Live! discussion at the Black Box today at 6 p.m. To prepare for this, you can catch Bong's film THE HOST at 3 p.m. at HFF AudimaxX. In this genre classic, a town is terrorized by a sea monster. But could the authorities instead be the ones to be afraid of? If the Filmmakers Live! discussion isn't enough, you can also watch SNOWPIERCER at the Filmmuseum at 10:30 p.m. In a dystopian ice age, a small group of humans survive — in a train that travels nonstop around the globe. The compartments are apportioned strictly according to status and power. The closer one gets to the front of the train, the higher one's status in society. That's at least how it's intended. But then the people from the back of the train begin to rebel.
If you miss being a student, you're welcome to spend all day at the university. In the AudimaxX of the HFF, great films are showing all day. They start off at 10 a.m. with NIGHT SWIMMING, a film about a difficult relationship between a rock singer (Maria Furtwängler) and her bourgeois daughter. A MATTER OF LIFE follows up at 12:30 p.m. In this film, an aspiring cardiologist named Judith makes a mistake that results in the death of a patient. While she begins to doubt her suitability for the profession, her fellow doctors advise her to just carry on as before. It's easier said than done.
In between films, you can stretch your legs and enjoy a cool drink at Minna Thiel outside the HFF as you sit on the lawn for a bit. Things continue at 3 p.m. with Bong Joon Ho's THE HOST. At 5:30 p.m. you can see LONELY TOGETHER. Nina and Karl have a complicated relationship. When Nina finally leaves him, both of them soon notice that being separated is at least as complicated as being together. You can round out the day with STAY STILL at 10:30 p.m. This story about two dissimilar women who meet in a psychiatric ward and have an affair is nominated for the new CineCoPro Award.
The two women in SAINT FRANCES (HFF Kino 1 at 5 p.m.) have a rather different relationship to each other. Bridget is a nanny to six-year-old Frances, who knows a lot more about understanding life than the 30-something woman who's dealing with issues. Yet both of them can learn from each other in this warm-hearted American independent film. In THE SHARKS, 14-year-old Rosina is floating in a sea of emotions. She wants to start something with Joselino, a much older fisherman, but when a shark's fin is sighted, panic breaks out in the village, thwarting Rosina's plans. This rather different coming-of-age story is showing in HFF Kino 1 at 10 p.m.
If you'd like to see a documentary for a change, you shouldn't miss MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE (Atelier 1 at 10:30 p.m.). The lead singer of INXS, who took his own life at age 37, is shown up close and personal. Lots of footage, most of which he shot of himself, sheds light on his successful career as well as his personal setbacks.