At the outset of World War I a group of German schoolboys, fired by patriotism, enlist for the Fatherland but are ill-prepared for the realities of trench warfare. Milestone sought to convey Remarque's pacifist message through a mixture of stylisation and naturalism. The poetic dialogue combines humour and sentimentality. The much-praised sense of reality in the recreation of trench warfare was achieved through unusually precise pre-planning and the harnessing of camera movement to swift cutting.
"Drama, based on real events that happened at a school in America. As part of a project, and to illustrate how fascism and dictatorships can arise, a trendy teacher introduces a game. In this game he takes on the role of leader and introduces concepts of discipline, obedience and community, and a movement known as 'The Wave'. However, what starts as an experiment turns into reality and it is not long before the students start to turn on those who think differently, and the ideas spread to other classes in the school. The situation escalates and the teacher is unable to end what he has started" - Film index international.
"Set in East Germany during 1989-1990. when his mother has a heart attack and falls into a coma, just before the fall of the Berlin wall, her son Alex sees her sleep through the triumph of capitalism. However, when she revives some months later, he is terrified that any form of excitement might bring on another attack. He therefore constructs an elaborate charade to make her believe that everyday life in the GDR has not changed" - Film index international.
"Based on real events, this is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keep his spirit alive." -- Libraries Australia.
Lola has twenty minutes to save her boyfriend Manni, a small time hood, who has just lost 100,000 DM belonging to his very shady boss. Three contrasting timelines follow. When the action involves Lola and Manni it has been shot on 35mm film, when they are not involved it is shot on video.
Count Dracula, a vampire, decides to settle in the town of Bremen so the local real estate agent sends his clerk to conduct the business. Strange and frightening things happen to both the clerk and his wife.