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German Cinema: Cleo

Tuesday 24 May 18:00-20:00

Since September 2019, the Institut français d’Ecosse has been hosting screenings of contemporary German films in partnership with Goethe Institut in Glasgow. Few hours of serendipity every once in a while, c’est wunderbar!

The film this week is Cleo by Erik Schmitt.

dir. Erik Schmitt | 2020 | 1h41min

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at 6pm

In German with English subtitles


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Film Synopsis:

Beneath every cobblestone in this city lies buried treasure": since childhood, this has been Cleo’s motto. Following the death of her father, however, with whom she always hunted for treasure, she decides not to pursue any more dreams. That’s until Paul, an even bigger dreamer, enters her life. He possesses a treasure map meant to lead to the hiding places used by the Sass brothers - the legendary Berlin safecrackers from the Weimar Republic era, said to have acquired a magic clock that can turn back time.

During a frantic treasure hunt through Berlin, overflowing with visual ideas, Cleo repeatedly meets personalities from the past who offer good advice, from Marlene Dietrich to Heinrich Schliemann (the discoverer of Troy, so an even greater treasure hunter than Cleo) and Albert Einstein - played by Jean Pütz, legendary presenter of TV science programme Hobbythek. Full of wit and bizarre supporting characters, Cleo is above all a love letter to the city of Berlin, with all its layers of history, and a big city fairytale, as playful as it is romantic.

Access Details
Institut français d’Ecosse, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF
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