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Event Date: 22nd Feb 2017 | 19:00
Bagdad Café (Out of Rosenheim)
Goethe Institute London, 50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road
Film Showing. A fight with her husband during their holiday in California leaves Jasmin Münchgstettner from the Bavarian town of Rosenheim stranded along a desert highway, forcing her to take up residence in the motel attached to the run-down Bagdad Café. This is owned by the short-fused Brenda whose constant nagging has just resulted in her husband taking off and leaving her and their failing business behind. Brenda is suspicious of her new loden-attired guests who has turned up out of nowhere, and is even more so when Jasmin starts helping out and making friends with her children as well as with the ensemble of curious characters staying at or working for the Bagdad Café, including a retired Hollywood set painter and a mute tattoo-artist. While Brenda takes her time to appreciate Jasmin’s genuine kindness and support, the latter discovers her magic side that will eventually turn things around the Bagdad Café. When Percy Adlon’s off-beat comedy about the unlikely friendship between a shy Bavarian house-wife and a quick-tempered African-American truck-stop owner came out 30 years ago, it became an international surprise hit that made the Bavarian actor Marianne Sägebrecht a star in Germany, France and the USA and introduced the today widely seen American television actor Chh Pownder to European audiences. Apart from its unique cast that also includes the then somewhat forgotten Hollywood star Jack Palance and the German actor Christine Kaufmann, also of former Hollywood fame, the film also owes much of its success to its playful and at times cheeky use of cultural clichés as well as to its loving attention to details. Whether its message of overcoming prejudices and finding self-fulfillment through solidarity, creativity and the appreciation of everyone’s individuality and potential is conveyed in a form that still does its magic today, is something only a fresh viewing can establish. West Germany, United States 1987, colour, 108 mins. English and German. Directed by Percy Adlon. With Marianne Sägebrecht, C. C. H. Pounder, Jack Palance, Christine Kaufmann,Monica Calhoun, Darron Flagg, George Aguilar, G. Smokey Campbell, Hans Stadlbauer, Alan S. Craig, Apesanahkwat.