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PNFS: Elder Blossom

PNFS: Elder Blossom

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  • Wed 7 Sep ’11, 6:00pm


Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Waged membership: $85.00
  • Unwaged membership: $70.00
  • Triple feature card: $30.00
  • High school student: $30.00

Elder Blossom (Holunderblüte)
Directed by Volker Koepp
Germany, 2007, 89 mins

The trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ2yhlGilFo

Koepp travels to the area around Kaliningrad, a region that is characterised by depopulated villages and fallow fields. The adults are working or looking for somewhere else to drink. What remains are the children...

At one time Germans, Poles, Lithuanians and Jews lived here alongside and with one another. After World War II and the expulsion of Germans by Stalin, the Prussian province turned into a Russian exclave, more important geostrategically than economically.

Volker Koepp’s fourth film about the Kaliningrad region is dedicated to the generation, born in the 1990s, and familiar with the Soviet Union and East Prussia only from school books. Their present is a different one. Parents and Grandparents who were forcefully resettled to where they are now have never really felt at home. In the meantime they have hopelessly succumbed to unemployment and alcohol. Their children can only rely on themselves. Older siblings look after the younger ones, they play with what lies around, and the girl Ljuda can’t wait to finally turn eighteen, to be able to take her brothers home from the orphanage.

The poems of Johannes Bobrowski are among the reasons why Koepp continuously returned to the region. In one poem he pays homage to the elderflower bushes, characterising the picture of the landscape with their delicate blooming. They are honoured as patron saints of houses and children. The architecture is largely lost and nature has commenced to regain its terrain. Everything starts to grow wild. The film has much confidence in the children. But what will become of them?

Did you know? In 2009 it won the German Film Critics Award for Best Documentary.

Members only. Palmerston North Film Society Membership is available at the door before each screening and lasts for one full year.

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