Movie night: The Edelweiss Pirates (2004)

Sunday June 30th 2013, Movie night: The Edelweiss Pirates (Niko von Glasow, Germany, 2004, 111 min.) German with English subtitles. Door open at 8pm, film begin at 9pm.

The story of two teenage brothers living amid the rubble in bombed-out Cologne in the last days of World War 2. 17 year old non-conformist Karl secretly belongs to a group of friends known as the Edelweiss pirates (named after the tough mountaintop flower). Their skirmishes with Hitler Youth at first resemble boyish games and teenage turf-wars. The working-class roughnecks manage to escape the tightening grip of the Gestapo for a while, daubing anti-war graffiti on walls, helping kids find shelter from unexploded bombs, finding hiding places for a few remaining Jews. Younger brother Peter, however, still wears his Hitler Youth blazer, more out of convenience than ideology. When a badly wounded prisoner escaping from the Nazis finds shelter, family trust and loyalty is put to the test as Gestapo agents with lists of names threaten reprisals and torture.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, warm and cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net