September 28, 2008

‘Hilarious Black Comedy’

Communism meets comedy this evening when Torbay Film Club hosts a special screening of the highly acclaimed German comedy Good Bye Lenin! in the Spanish Barn.

The film, described as an hilarious black comedy, follows the tribulations of an East Berlin family adapting to western culture after the Berlin Wall comes down.

Days before the collapse of the Berlin wall, proud socialist Christiane (Katrin Sass) collapses with a heart attack.

When she awakes from the coma eight months later, her son Alex (Daniel Bruhl) is worried that any shock may kill her.

He sets about recreating the socialist past in their family apartment, complete with Eastern bloc pickles and recycled TV on the VCR, while outside their home capitalism marks its swift arrival with brands such as Burger King and Coca Cola.

Directed by Wolfgang Becker, this winner of six European film awards is a funny, fascinating and thoroughly charming story.

Good Bye Lenin! is being shown as part of the Riviera International Comedy Film Festival.

Emmeline Gee, chairman of Torbay Film Club, said: "We're delighted to be part of the festival. The film we're showing is a favourite of mine.

"It's a thoroughly charming movie which follows one family's experience of balancing the political with the personal at the time of one of the most important events in recent European history.

"Plus the lead actor, Daniel Bruhl, is very good-looking!"

Since its launch in April, Torbay Film Club has screened a number of world and independent films, which has earned it a strong following of more than 70 members.

The club's success has led to it being shortlisted for a Torbay Arts Base Award for Best Creative Organisation in the Bay.

Emmeline added: "Torbay Film Club is a not-for-profit group run by volunteers who want to see the finest independent, classic and world cinema, in Torbay.

"Films are shown on a monthly basis, from autumn to early summer, and are open to members and non-members.

"We aim to make the films as sociable as possible, so before and after the screenings there is an opportunity to have a drink and a chat about the film, whether you come on your own or with a friend. Membership costs pounds24 and includes entrance for all eight screenings in the season."

Tonight's film, which is subtitled, starts at 7.30pm in the Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey Meadows, Torquay.

Tickets can be purchased on the door and will cost pounds5 for Torre Abbey members, pounds3 for members of Torbay Film Club and young people aged 15-17.

To reserve seats or for more information email [email protected] or visit the website

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