An intriguing mix of espionage thriller, family memoir, and film noir, beautifully unveiling decades of family secrets indicative of the intense paranoia of Stasi Germany, which darkly parallels surveillance concerns of today. Filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to her childhood home, the (East) German city of Chemnitz, to uncover the truth behind a cryptic note left behind by her father before he hung himself in the family garden. Was he an informant or a target?
A must-see…Karl Marx City is an essayistic, quietly moving look at another lost world, the former East Germany, where Ms. Epperlein grew up. It draws you in quickly with its intelligence, its restrained emotions and its jaw-dropping period material. — Manohla Dargis of the NY Times
Fri and Sat, May 5 and 6
Karl Marx City 6:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
The Settlers 7:30 @ IU Woodburn Hall Theater
Sun, May 7
Karl Marx City 5:30 @ Bear’s Place
The Settlers 7:45 @ Bear’s Place
Fri and Sat, May 12 and 13
Karl Marx City 6:45 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs – Last Chance!
Slack Bay 7:30 @ IU Woodburn Hall Theater
Suntan 8:30 @ IU Fine Arts Upstairs
Sun, May 14
Suntan 7:00 @ Bear’s Place