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WHAT:             Film: “Good Bye Lenin!”                 


WHEN:             7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies

                        Koubek Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning will open its Fall 2005 Film Series with “Good Bye Lenin,” the 2003 film by German director Wolfgang Becker. The movie reflects the focus of this year's film series, which explores architecture's response to different cultures and political ideologies.


“Good Bye Lenin” is the story of Alex, a young man living in former East Germany who wants to protect his fragile mother from the shock of learning that the Berlin Wall has come down while she lay in a coma. Upon his mother’s return home from the hospital, Alex seeks to recreate a micro-environment of the socialist state that collapsed during his mother’s long slumber. Fearing that the shock of a reunified Germany might kill her, Alex tries to prevent his mother from seeing any visual signs of capitalism’s invasion — such as the giant Coca Cola billboard just outside her bedroom window. Witty yet deeply allegorical, the film makes a forceful comment on the ambiguities of political transition.


All the films in the five-part series are free and open to the public. The remaining films are scheduled for Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Nov. 16.  For more information about the series, contact the School of Architecture and Planning at 202-319-5188.


SPONSOR:       School of Architecture and Planning                 


MEDIA:             To cover the film series, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.  






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