Archive Cinema City 2008.

Die Blechtrommel

The Tin Drum

Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Year: 1979.
Duration: 142 min

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Scenario: Günter Grass (novel), Jean-Claude Carrière, Volker Schlöndorff, Franz Seitz

Cast: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler

Programme selection: Peđa's Film Collection

Novelist Günter Grass assisted in this brilliant film adaptation of his groundbreaking novel, which depicts the significant events in German history since the turn of the century as seen through the eyes of a bizarre child. In this allegorical film, a three-year-old boy observes the hypocrisy of the adult world and decides to remain a child forever by not growing any taller. His primary efforts to communicate consist of glass-shattering screams and banging on his tin drum. But as this unusual lad matures, and the events leading up to the onslaught of Nazism come to a head, he proves to have a keener perception of life than those around him. Volker Schlondorff's powerful drama deservedly won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Best Foreign Film, 1980 César Awards, France

Best Foreign Language Film, 1980 Academy Awards, USA
Best Foreign Language Film, 1982 Awards of the Japanese Academy
Best Foreign Language Film, 1982 Blue Ribbon Awards
Best European Film, 1980 Bodil Awards
Golden Palm, 1979 Cannes Film Festival
Outstanding Feature Film, 1979 German Film Awards
Golden Screen, 1980 Golden Screen, Germany
Best Foreign Language Film, 1981 Hochi Film Awards
Best Foreign Film, 1981 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards
Best Foreign Language Film, 1982 Kinema Junpo Awards
Best Foreign Film, 1980 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Best Foreign Language Film, 1980 National Board of Review, USA

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