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Acclaimed Foreign Films Spotlighted During Germany and the European Union Film Festival

Four films, including the award-winning “Almanya: Welcome to Germany,” a charming story about three generations of Turkish immigrants in Germany, headline the Germany and the European Union Film Festival that will be held at Central Washington University between November 6-17.

The films touch on topics such as World War I, communist East Germany, and identity and immigration. All films will be screened in Lind Hall room 104 at 7:00 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

Film Festival Schedule

• November 7 – Joyeux Noël (PG-13)
In the middle of World War I, on Christmas Day, the warring sides stopped fighting, and joined each other, for a few moments of peace, friendship, communion. Why and how did this happen? This is their true story.

• November 8 – The Lives of Others (R)
When love meets the surveillance state: in communist East Germany, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed into their lives. What happens next will change all of them forever. * This film won the 2007 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

• November 14 – Run Lola Run (R)
After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks - so she has to run. Action, passion, and innovative filmmaking fill this international blockbuster.

• November 15 – Almanya: Welcome to Germany (NR)
Experience this award-winning comedy-drama follows three generations of Turkish immigrants in Germany. * This film won the Deutscher Filmpreis in the categories Best Script and Best Film.

These film screenings, along with an opportunities in the EU fair (November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom) and a roundtable discussion on the future of the EU (November 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Science II Planetarium), are made possible through a generous grant from the German Information Center USA (through the Germany: Making Choices program), and with the support of CWU’s William O. Douglas Honors College.

The events are also sponsored by CWU’s Department of Political Science, the World Languages and Cultures Department, the CWU Film Program and the Office of International Studies and Programs.

For information about the film screenings and other related events, connect with the program at, or contact Eugen Nagy at For accommodation email:

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