SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
A Time to Love and a Time to Die, VeneKlasen/Werner, 7pm
Douglas Sirk’s 1958 movie, “A Time to Love and a Time to Die,” was based on the novel of the same name by German writer Erich Maria Remarque, “Zeit zu leben und Zeit zu sterben.” Not unlike some of Remarque’s other books, the theme is war, specifically World War II, and the story takes place on the Eastern Front in Nazi Germany.
The plot-line features the Nazi soldier Ernst Graber, who falls in love with a woman from his hometown, after he returns to the bombed-out city on furlough. The film features an appearance by Klaus Kinski, but be on the lookout for Remarque’s own role in the film, as Professor Pohlmann, a man who offers to aid the couple.
Though it did not win, the film was nominated in 1958 for the Golden Bear, the highest award possible at the Berlin International Film Festival. Enjoy an evening of watching the film at VeneKlasen/Werner (VW), opened in 2009 with the aim of providing a space for screenings, performances, and exhibitions. Natalye Childress
VW, Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26, 10969 Berlin; 030 81 61 60 41 8; U Kochstraße; admission: free.