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German Film Festival | Blood Wedding | Watership Down

Issue No. 2028

Josef Bierbichler

Josef Bierbichler

German Film Festival
Goethe-Institut and Curzon Soho, London
23 November to 1 December

This is a great chance to see a few films that will most likely not make it to general release.

Films on show include Summer in Berlin, which is about friendship and the everyday life of two best friends living in Berlin.

Josef Bierbichler puts in an acclaimed performance in Winter Journey, a film about the downward spiral of a manic-depressive.

Also included in the festival is a selection of films by East German filmmakers working within the state-owned studios between 1946 and 1992.

Blood Wedding
by Federico Garcia Lorca
Old Vic, Bristol
7 to 9 December

Lorca’s too rarely performed Blood Wedding is being produced by the Bristol Old Vic youth theatre.

Tragedy unfolds when a bride runs away with her childhood sweetheart on her wedding day.

This play is probably the most accessible example of Lorca’s “impossible theatre” – and he uses it to explore the conflict between society’s expectations and personal wants.

Any production of this play is worth taking the opportunity to see.

Watership Down
Lyric Hammersmith, London
Adapted by Rona Munro
Until 13 January

Pantomime season is here, and this year’s production at the Lyric is an adaptation of the much loved children’s book Watership Down.

When the rabbit Fiver has visions of danger, a small band from the warren make a hurried escape in search of safety.

With live music, and acrobatics, this production, directed by Melly Still, looks set to be a great alternative to the usual panto fare.

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Sat 25 Nov 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2028
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