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16 December 2017: Hans – A Young Man in Germany


Hans – A Young Man in Germany
Sohrab Shahid Saless
1985 | 148 min | Colour | Digital
Vivien Kristin Buchhorn & Nikolaus Perneczky in conversation

Adapted from Hans Frick’s 1977 auto-biographical novel The Blue Hour, Hans chronicles the last throes of the Third Reich as experienced by a young man marked as “Halbjude” by Nazi race laws. Shahid Saless’ characteristically unflinching eye dissects everyday life in Nazi Germany, showing a broad range of “ordinary” behaviours – downright denunciations, small gestures of solidarity, inner emigration – without exculpating anyone. The end of the war is imminent, but when the Gestapo ring at his door, Hans must escape to the countryside.

Part of Sohrab Shahid Saless: Exiles