Friday, May 13, 2011

Der Sandmann

Yay! Blogger's been down for a while (I guess we all know) and now it seems to be back. Enough said about that.

I never miss an opportunity to roam the CalTech campus, and last night I had the opportunity to attend a film there. The film is Der Sandmann (The Sandman), directed by Peter Luisi, who attended the screening and answered questions.

I'm not a reviewer but I'll tell you this much: Der Sandmann is realistic and absurdist at the same time, an absolute delight, and you must see it if you get the opportunity. What a privilege it was to get to see it in its Caltech premiere.

Update: Now that I'm not hurrying to post and rush out of the house, I'll add that "Der Sandmann" has begun festival rounds in the U.S. and is seeking a U.S. distributor. It ought to have one. Last night's CalTech audience ate it up.

18 comments:

dive said...

Welcome back, Petrea!

I love the zig-zag perspective on this photo.

... daisy... said...

Der Sandmann ist German! Is the film German? Well anyway I made a note and will watch it when I can! :-)

Susan Campisi said...

Der Sandman looks like a film I would really enjoy. I'll check it out if it comes to town. Thanks for the heads up.

TheChieftess said...

Yay!!! Withdrawal averted!!!

Dina said...

Welcome back.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks. Welcome back to us all.

Yes, Daisy, Der Sandmann is --well, I believe it was shot in Switzerland and on Elba (ooh, vacation) and the language is German. I saw it with subtitles, which I much prefer to dubbing.

Bellis said...

It's a weird version of German called Swiss, which I can't understand at all. Perhaps not even the Swiss can, which is why they also speak Italian and French.

What a great photo! I love the golden reflection of the sun on the terracotta tiles. It looks like there's a labyrinth through that archway, not to be entered without string or breadcrumbs.

TheChieftess said...

Das Suisse Deutsche!!! (that's about as much as I know...even though my mom's parents both immigrated from Switzerland!)

... daisy... said...

Oh Well then I have a chance to watch it in theatres... we've got both here: Italian and German! :-)
I also prefer films in the original language!

Susan Campisi said...

I see that I anglicized the film's title. Verboten! Make that "Der Sandmann."

Petrea Burchard said...

Daisy, it stars Fabian Kruger and Irene Brugger. They're perfect in their roles and their chemistry is right-on. I hope you'll get a chance to see it.

Thank you, Bellis. As you know it's not really a labyrinth, but it looks like one from a certain angle.

Shell Sherree said...

Yay, you're back! And yay, we're all back. I had a feeling you were having a night out on the tiles, Petrea...

Ms M said...

Love this photo! A treat for the eye....

Petrea Burchard said...

Shell, a Led Zeppelin reference! Well, that's the first thing I thought of, anyway. And they meant what you said. (If I must be out on tiles, these are good ones to be out on, I suppose.)

Thanks, Ms. M. I kind of like this one, too, odd as it is.

... daisy... said...

I already spoke about it to my friends and we're going to watch it! ASAP!

Petrea Burchard said...

Is it in theaters there, Daisy? We don't have it here yet, so I was lucky to see it.

Anonymous said...

I thought that looked familiar! My husband is a grad student at Caltech. Nice photo!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Anon!