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Achim von Borries’ England! and Hans-Christian Schmid’s Distant Lights [Lichter] are two key examples of how the current issue of (economic) migration from eastern to western Europe is explored in contemporary German cinema. Set in two locations that act as places of transit for migrants from the east - the capital Berlin and the economically depressed border region along the river Oder - the films show their characters’ utopian strive for a better future. Even though they deal with it in very different ways, both films emphasise the heightened role of the imagination in a globalised world and highlight its problematic consequences.
|Translated title of the contribution
|The relationship of migration and utopian thinking in contemporary German cinema. The example of Achim von Borries' "England!" and Hans-Christian Schmid's "Distant Lights"
|Title of host publication
|Renate Rechtien, Karoline von Oppen
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|Published - 15 Oct 2007