harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
At the time one of the most successful German films ever made, Wolfgang Becker’s clever tragicomedy begins in East Germany in 1989, right before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Alex’s mother has slipped into a coma, missing the historic event and its aftermath. When she awakens in 1990, any excitement could be fatal for her, so her son—Daniel Brühl in his breakthrough role—sees only one way out: he must conceal the fall of the socialist regime she had so embraced and pretend East Germany still exists. Tickets: $5 general admission; free with Harvad ID or Cambridge Public Library card. For additional information, click here.