The Wall

By Alexandra Bush November 30, 2009

If you're not too busy commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Seattle WTO protests tonight (or hiding inside wearing your body armor with the doors locked) go to the Northwest Film Forum to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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"Divided Cinema" is a six-film program that will run over the next three weeks; all movies center on Wall-era Berlin.

Full disclosure:  I helped to curate the series, which opens tonight with one of my favorite films, Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire. (I'll be introducing the films, and you can read my PubliCola review from March when Wings was playing at SIFF Cinema).

Wings of Desire plays at 7pm, followed at 9:30 by Berlin—Schoenhauser Corner, a 1957 East German film about a group of rebel teenagers set on fleeing West. A sort of East German Rebel Without a Cause, it's the only film in the series made in pre-Wall (but post-division) Berlin.

Both films play tonight and tomorrow only at NWFF; check the program schedule to know what's next.
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