CINEMAGOERS from all walks of life and age groups gathered at Goethe-Institut Liaison Office Kigali – Ishyo Theatre for this year’s last film on December 20.
“We would like to welcome you for our last film screening this year and we hope you enjoyed all our previous movies,” Soenke Matschurek from Goethe-Institut said before the screening.
“As we conclude 2011, Goethe-Institut Liaison Office Kigali wishes you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. See you again on Tuesday, December 10, 2012. Enjoy the Four Minutes movie,” he added.
The screening started at 6.30pm and the audience enjoyed a fine German peace of movie art: “Four Minutes”.
The film “Four Minutes”, (Vier Minuten), is a 2006 drama film directed by Chris Kraus starring Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, and Richy Müller.
Traude Krueger (Bleibtreu) works as a piano teacher in a women’s prison. While selecting new students, she meets Jenny Von Loeben (Herzsprung). When she tells her she cannot follow any lessons because her hands are too rough, Jenny becomes enraged and almost beats the present prison guard, Mütze (Pippig), who is also one of Krueger’s students, to death.
Jenny is young, but her life is already over. She killed someone- and she would do it again. But one day in prison, she draws the attention of the piano teacher Traude Krueger, who is selecting new students for her music lessons.
Krueger is already 80 years old and has worked at the same women’s jail since she started out as a nurse during the World War II. Jenny has already played piano in her childhood and was supposed to be a new child genius.
With the ongoing lessons, Krueger comes to know more and more about Jenny’s past, making insights into the latter’s personality possible. But not everybody in the prison appreciates the development of the young talent. The resulting conflicts and the hard training for the national music competition put both Jenny and the long-experienced teacher Miss Krueger to the test.
“I enjoyed tonight’s movie and thank Goethe-Institut for giving cinemagoers an opportunity to be able to watch movies on a giant screen every Tuesday for free,” Claude Bizimana, a movie buff, said.
Every Tuesday, Goethe-Institut hosts a film screening to help people watch movies from a more quiet and decent hall, as well as to create a platform for people to interact and network.
The Goethe-Institut also supports cultural activities in the country to promote cultural diversity between Rwanda and Germany.