Valerie. 2006. Directed by Birgit Moeller. Screenplay by Moeller, Ruth Rehmet, Ilja Haller, Milena Balsch, Elke Sudmann. With Agata Buzek, David Striesow. Moeller’s debut feature concerns a young fashion model, living in one of Berlin’s luxury hotels, who suddenly finds herself in a situation that is, to her, unsettling. An assured, riveting and even positive film about a sudden and dramatic turn for the worse, Valerie sees beyond the glamour of international catwalks and into the terror of being a private person in a public arena. 85 min.
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As a special section of Kino!, MoMA’s annual survey of new German cinema, the Department of Film presents Kino Berlin, an exhibition of notable films made in Berlin since reunification. Organized by MoMA Senior Curator of Film Laurence Kardish, the series includes Tom Tykwer’s Run, Lola, Run (1998), Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye, Lenin! (2003), Andreas Dresen’s Night Shapes (1999) and Summer in Berlin (2005), the Hissen Brothers’ documentary Dem Deutschen Volk (1996) on Christo’s wrapping of the Reichstag, and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others (2006), as well as the American premieres of two documentaries: Hanna Schygulla’s Hanna Hannah (2007) on Berlin’s new Holocaust memorial and Manfred Wilhelms’s Berlin: Pictures of a City (1998) on the city’s radical architectural changes.
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