German Cinema Now - König von Deutschland
24 April 2015 | 7:30 pm

Being hopelessly average is the kind of trait that earns Thomas Müller (acclaimed German comic Olli Dittrich) nothing but yawns from his wife and teenage son. But it’s a quality that makes him the perfect target for a research company that can turn his middle-of-the-road opinions into big results for corporations and political candidates looking to capture the attention of the everyman. When Thomas accepts a dubious job at the company – he mostly goes shopping and chitchats with his boss – his tastes and opinions suddenly start popping up everywhere.

Making a confident feature debut, writer/director David Dietl crafts a dark comedy that lets us discover along with the character just how deep the game of deception runs. Dittrich is an engaging anchor to the increasingly relevant story of the lengths to which some will go to mine valuable info on a target market, and Jonas Nay adds excellent support as the teenage son who’s still filled with the kind of piss-and-vinegar cynicism about the system that can help Dad to see what’s what.

The movie has won Best Director (David Dietl) for the Nachwuchspreis (New Faces Awards), and Olli Dietrich was nominated for Best Actor for the German Film Critics Association Awards as well as the Jupiter Awards.

Movie will be shown in German with English subtitles.


Free Admission | Bar, snacks and German candy available for purchase

Mozart für Mutti - VOX3 Collective Performance
10 May 2015 | 7:00 pm

This Mother’s Day, invite the wonderful women in your life to join VOX 3 Collective and DANK Haus German American Cultural Center, as Chicago’s top vocal talent presents the finest moments from Mozart’s operatic catalogue.

Presented in the grand Marunde ballroom, all Moms in attendance will receive a flower as they watch the amusing antics and hear the vocal fireworks on this program. The selections sample arias and scenes from works as diverse as Mitridate, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Così fan tutte. More rare repertoire includes the acclaimed Laura Strickling in a performance of the meltingly gorgeous concert aria K 490, “Non più! Tutto ascoltai…Non temer, amato bene.” And what would Mother’s Day be without the dysfunctional mother-daughter pairing of the Queen of the Night and Pamina from The Magic Flute, with showy coloratura and longing legato melodies.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students in advance, $20 for adults and $10 for students at the door.

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