Film Series

German/Austrian Film Festival

Mondays, September 17 through October 1

Images Cinema

This year's German/Austrian Film Festival revolves around the theme "Power / Frauen: Women and Power." All films will be introduced by faculty from the German Department of the Williams College. Admission is free and open to all.


Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht)

Starring: Susanne Wuest, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Devid Striesow, Stefanie Reinsperger, Lukas Miko, Theresa Martini, Sascha Merényi, Katja Kolm, Thomas Anton, Julia Pointner, Attila Beke, Maresi Riegner, Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Christoph Luser

Featuring an introduction and Q&A with screenwriter Kathrin Resetarits

Nominated for the Platform Prize at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Mademoiselle Paradis, aka Licht, is a sumptuously photographed period piece from director Barbara Albert.

The film tells the true story of Maria Theresia von Paradis, a gifted piano player in Rococo Vienna, who lost her eye-sight as a child. Desperate to cure their daughter, the Paradis family entrust Maria to Dr. Mesmer, a forward-thinking physician. Under his care, Maria slowly recovers her sight. But this miracle comes at a price as she progressively starts to lose her gift for music. Faced with a heavy dilemma, Mademoiselle Paradis will have to choose: an ordinary life in the light or an extraordinary life in darkness.

  • Director: Barbara Albert
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Period Drama

“A superb performance from Maria Dragus pulls Maria from the pages of history making her alive and emotional, vulnerable to every harsh word and casual insult.”

– Screen Daily


Toni Erdmann

Starring: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek

Nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film

Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes Film Festival, German director Maren Ade's film is a comedy about the awkwardness of family.

A dedicated career woman living in Romania gets a surprise visit from her exasperating father, a retired music teacher with an inexhaustible fondness for practical jokes. When she insists that he return home to Germany, he reappears in a bad wig as his alter ego "Toni Erdmann" and insinuates himself into her professional circle. As Toni, Winfried is bolder and doesn't hold back, but Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to understand that her eccentric father might deserve some place in her life after all.

  • Director: Maren Ade
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 42 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy

“What makes Toni Erdmann, the finest comedy in recent memory, so wonderful and beguiling is the deep undercurrent of sadness that informs its eventual life lessons.”

– Consequence of Sound


Hannah Arendt

Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Klaus Pohl, Nicolas Woodeson, Janet McTeer

The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil." Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into immersive, dramatic cinema. An official selection at the Toronto International and New York Jewish Film Festivals, Hannah Arendt sparks intense discussion wherever it is seen.

  • Director: Margarethe von Trotta
  • Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“An outstanding cinematic portrait .... Extremely vivid and thrilling in its every minute, deeply moving in its seriousness and suitably unsettling.”

– Der Spiegel

Sponsored by the Williams College Department of German and Russian, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.