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Grizzly Man (2005)

The legendary Werner Herzog explores the extraordinary life of Timothy Treadwell, who lived among Grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness for over a decade. Herzog painstakingly pieces together footage filmed by Treadwell to try to comprehend what attracted him to this extreme choice of lifestyle. His childlike wonder and passion for the bears is infectious, and the viewer is left wondering whether the joy he gets from these animals justifies his inevitable tragic end.

Toni Erdmann (2016)

In a bid to connect with his ambitious, career-driven daughter, Toni Erdmann (Peter Simonischek) pays her a surprise visit in Romania and disrupts her business dealings. Excruciating at times and heart-warming at others, the film captures the complex dynamics of parent-child relationships in the modern world. A must-see for anyone who thinks Germans don’t have a sense of humour!

Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken / Love in Thoughts (2004)

Based on a true story and set in 1920s Berlin, this is a story of a suicide pact made by friends Günther (August Diehl) and Paul (Daniel Brühl), who are locked in a Shakespearean love quadrangle with the beautiful and unattainable Hilde and scoundrel Hans. Somewhere between Midsummer Night’s Dream and Spring Awakening, we learn how the delusion of youth, living for a fleeting moment of euphoria, is bound to end in tragedy.

(M)uchenik / The Student (2016)

Compelling new talent Pyotr Skvortsov plays a young schoolboy who becomes obsessed with Christianity and uses quotes the Bible to justify his rebellious acts. He terrorizes his progressive biology teacher, who teaches evolution and sex education, and things become increasingly sinister as he befriends a school outcast and cripple who he believes he can heal through the power of God.