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The City Below/Unter der die Stadt (Franco-German Film Series)
5 March 2014 until 30 November -0001
Unter dir die Stadt (The City Below)
Germany, 2010, 109 mins, colour
Directed by: Christoph Hochhäusler With: Mark Waschke, Nicolette Krebitz, Robert Hunger-Bühle
German with English subtitles
Svenja is new in Frankfurt, Germany’s business capitol, where she moved with her husband Oliver for his career in a high ranking German bank. She spends her days drifting alone and bored in the city, following a woman who is wearing the same shirt and trying without success to land a job in publishing.
At an art exhibition she meets Roland, an older and powerful man who turns out to be her husband’s boss. Svenja and Roland share an unexplainable fascination for each other. He lies to her about his upbringing. She follows him to a hotel room.
Christoph Hochhäusler’s The City Below is a movie about power, manipulation and desire. The silences between the characters are as important as the spare dialogues and leave the viewer with a very enigmatic ending.
7pm, £3 (£2 for students and members of Alliance Française and Goethe-Institut), Cinema