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Unorthodox

Alexa Karolinski, Anna Winger
2020-2020 Germany

A Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage. She starts to adjust to secular life and signs up for classes at a music conservatory. Suddenly, people from her past come to Berlin to look for her.

Available on Netflix, Discovery+ Amazon Channel

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Spotlight: Christian Schwochow

Je Suis Karl

Christian Schwochow
2021 Germany, Czech Republic

As Maxi copes with the sudden death of her mother and two younger brothers following a bombing, she meets a charismatic young man named Karl. Invited to attend a summer academy in Prague, Maxi is unknowingly lured into a European youth movement aiming to seize control of the world.

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Spotlight: Christian Petzold

Undine

Christian Petzold
2020 Germany, France

Adapted from the classic German fairy tale of the same name, Undine is a woman who works as a lecturer on German urban development. When her boyfriend leaves her after cheating, she is destined to kill him and return to the water. However, upon meeting and falling in love with an industrial diver, she wrestles with her fate.

Available on Hulu, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube, Vudu

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Reconciliation

Go for Zucker

Dani Levy
2004 Germany

When Zucker's mother dies, her will mandates that her children must observe Shiv'ah according to Jewish tradition in order to inherit her estate. This dark comedy follows Zucker as he attempts to reconnect with an identity he left behind as well as settle his gambling debts, detailing the ironies of Jewish life in modern day Germany.

Available on Fandor Amazon Channel, Kanopy

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German Shooting Star: Albrecht Schuch

System Crasher

Nora Fingscheidt
2019 Germany

Benni, a wild 9-year old girl, has exhausted her mother with her violent outbursts. Too young for psychiatric treatment and too old for foster care, she latches onto a social worker who might be her only hope.

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Female Power: Sandra Hüller

In the Aisles

Thomas Stuber
2018 Germany

Taciturn Christian takes a new job at a large supermarket, working the forklift. He becomes smitten with his coworker Marion who draws him out of his shell. But when she suddenly goes on sick leave, Christian must fight falling back into old habits.

Available on OVID, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, Vudu, Amazon Video, YouTube, Kanopy

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German movie from 2016: Toni Erdmann

Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade
2016 Germany, Austria, Monaco
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