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Test the Limits - The Films of Peter Kahane (10/16-11/03)
October 16 - November 3, 2017: Test the Limits - The Films of Peter Kahane
(East) German director Peter Kahane finds remarkable stories in the lives of people who confront the limitations set by society, family and daily life… and find solutions that empower them, to explore their feelings, dreams and ideas. This series features four films that show different sides of this versatile director’s work.
Mon, Oct 16, 7:00 pm, Amherst Cinema Arts Center, 28 Amity Street
Tues, Oct 17, 7:00 pm, ILC S240, UMass
Thurs, Oct 19, 4:00 pm + 7:30 pm, Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College
Ready for Life
Peter Kahane, born in Prague in 1949, studied at the Film and Television Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He joined East Germany’s DEFA Studio as an assistant director, before debuting as a director with Women’s Work. Two films then focused on the situation facing young people in 1980s East Germany: the love story Ready for Life and Ete and Ali, a prizewinning coming-of-age story. The Architects, filmed as the Berlin Wall was being dismantled, is his most politically critical and best-known film; it screened at MoMA in New York in 2005. After German unification, Kahane continued working as a director and scriptwriter for film and television and, in 2007, directed his first documentary, Tamara, about the legendary East German rock icon.