Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Series to launch with ‘Lives’

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The 5th Annual Foreign Film Festival at the Carroll Arts Center will open with the acclaimed German film ‘‘The Lives of Others,” at 8 p.m. Friday at the center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

The council has maintained the tradition of starting off the series with the previous year’s Oscar Award winning Best Foreign Language Film. ‘‘The Lives of Others” also received 40 other major award nominations in addition to wide critical acclaim.

The 2006 film follows the horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny, system of observation in the former East Germany.

In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state, although they secretly don’t always think loyal to the party line.

One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple, but their life fascinates him more and more than what he has been hired to investigate.

‘‘The Lives of Others” is Rated R and runs 138 minutes. Other films in the series include ‘‘Seven Samurai” on Feb. 15, ‘‘Kind Hearts & Coronets” on Feb. 22, and ‘‘Gloomy Sunday” on Feb. 29. The festival is sponsored by McDaniel College.

Tickets for individual films are $6 for adults and $5 for council members, students 18 and younger, and seniors 60 and older.

McDaniel College Student & Faculty are admitted free.

The entire series is available for $20 for adults and $15 for council members, students and seniors.

For information, call 410-848-7272. Visit⁄arts.