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Bandersnatch: Who’s really in control?

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"Bandersnatch" follows the trend of its dystopian parent series, "Black Mirror," and the minds behind it.
"Bandersnatch" follows the trend of its dystopian parent series, "Black Mirror," and the minds behind it.

“Besides dealing with parallel universes and time travel, and convincingly looking and sounding like the year 1984, this new Netflix release puts control over the protagonist’s lives in our hands, as the audience. Or does it?”

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Cinema in the original on Christmas Day

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Want some fresh air and an alternative to Christmas TV? Go to the cinema! (Photo: public domain)
Want some fresh air and an alternative to Christmas TV? Go to the cinema! (Photo: public domain)

As an alternative to the living room and Christmas TV, you can go to the cinema in Leipzig today and watch an international film in its original glory – meaning not dubbed in German. This post includes showtimes, trailers, ratings, as well as plot and review blurbs, for the 6 movies listed under this category on December 25th.

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Dogman: “a very mixed set of thoughts”

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Dogman review cover shot, public domain photo.
Dogman review cover shot, public domain photo.

“Dogman is a depressingly beautiful film full of thought-provoking, dreadful imagery, following a tragic but most of all ambivalent protagonist.” Catch it Wed 28/11, @ Cinémathèque in der naTo.

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First Man: between aloof husband and hero

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First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, tries to balance the domestic with the historic. (Image: public domain)
First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, tries to balance the domestic with the historic. (Image: public domain)

“Arguably the most tightly action-packed scene of the film, its opening, throws the viewer alongside Ryan Gosling’s Armstrong into a tin can of a flight vessel that is edging towards the atmosphere. Immediately afterwards, we are brought into the personal trauma of Armstrong’s family.” Playing in the original @Passage Kinos this whole movie week.

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Putin’s Witnesses: an accomplice’s tale

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Putin's Witnesses takes a chilling, intimate look at Putin's rise to power. (Image: public domain)
Putin's Witnesses takes a chilling, intimate look at Putin's rise to power. (Image: public domain)

Focusing on the time from Yeltsin’s resignation to shortly after the 2000 presidential election, director Vitaly Mansky takes us behind the scenes of Putin’s rise to power – as he himself was behind the scenes as Putin’s then-PR guy.

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The painful road to a Germany of immigrants

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A peaceful Germany of immigrants has been a difficult road for decades. (Photo: public domain)
A peaceful Germany of immigrants has been a difficult road for decades. (Photo: public domain)

How does Germany become a nation of immigrants? Two great documentaries at DOK Leipzig 2018 “Der zweite Anschlag” and “Sorge 87” – show us how. Spoiler alert: The road to a Germany of immigrants is a difficult and painful one.

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