I've got a couple of films for you to consider renting over the weekend. The first one takes us to Germany in 1984. We're in East Berlin. The movie opens in a sterile, severe government office. There is no decoration. And no chat. Oppression. Intimidation. Fear. An ordinary citizen who doesn't have the rights we here in America too often take for granted. This is the beginning of The Lives of Others, the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film of 2006. See the excellent work by Ulrich Mühe in this political thriller that's also a very human drama. He plays a top agent in the Stasi, the secret police. He monitors people. Everyone lives under the large shadow of surveillance.
A new world opened to Hedwig (formerly Hansel) when an American G.I. introduced the young German to Gummy Bears.
I saw this show when it was a hit off-Broadway production. John Cameron Mitchell stars as Hedwig and directed the film adaptation. He co-wrote the screenplay based on his 1998 stage show. This twisted movie is flat-out fabulous and so is he.
Here's a taste of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
And don't forget about The Lives of Others. Auf wiedersehen.