05 Jun IF NOT US, WHO by Andres Veiel
In cooperation with the Goethe-Zentrum in Tirana
Wer, wenn nicht wir – If not us, who
Directed by Andres Veiel
124 min – 2010
In German with English subtitles
The beginnings of German terrorism, stories of a failed love affair, destruction and self-destruction: In the early sixties, Bernward Vesper, son of Nazi author Will Vesper, becomes acquainted with fellow student Gudrun Ensslin. Together, they want to change the world, but lose themselves somewhere along the way.
Cast: August Diehl, Lena Lauzemis, Alexander Fehling, Thomas Thieme, Imogen Kogge, Michael Wittenborn, Susanne Lothar, Maria-Victoria Dragus…
IF NOT US, WHO recounts mounting radicalization born from powerlessness and rage, arrogance and frustration. “Talk without action won’t work,” says Gudrun Ensslin, who years earlier had told her unfaithful boyfriend that she wanted to love him in such a way that he would never need other women. These are biographies of unconditional radicalism, full of devotion, to the point of self-destruction.