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GOETHE FILMS: “Run Lola Run”

: Oct 4, 2016, 6:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 4


From Bonnie Parker to Patty Hearst, women have been robbing banks with cunning and callousness. GOETHE FILMS investigates female criminal gumption from Tykwer’s 1998 classic RUN LOLA RUN that launched Franka Potente’s international career to last year’s one-shot Berlin wonder VICTORIA.

RUN LOLA RUN (Germany 1998, 81 min), directed by Tom Tykwer, with Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu & Herbert Knaup

TIFF 1998
Venice Film Festival 1998
Winner of the German Film Awards 1999 in seven categories
Sundance Film Festival 1999

Berlin. Now. One summer day on which 20 minutes decide about love, life and death. Lola and Manni are in their early twenties and in love. Manni works as a money runner for a shady car dealer, but today something goes wrong: he loses a bag with 100,000 deutschmarks. In 20 minutes his boss will come to pick up the money. What to do? If he can’t find the money in the next 20 minutes he will be dead. Lola racks her brain: 20 minutes to get 100,000 deutschmarks and save Manni’s life. Lola gets an idea. She rushes out of the house and starts to run through the streets of Berlin.

RUN LOLA RUN is a passionate, fascinating, unpredictable story about love and the unique moments that can change life forever.

“A furiously kinetic display of pyrotechnics from director Tom Tykwer. Run Lola Run is hot, fast, and post human.” – The New York Times

Tom Tykwer was born in Wuppertal in 1965 and now lives in Berlin. Tykwer shot his first Super-8 film at the age of eleven and his first feature film, DEADLY MARIA, in 1993. RUN LOLA RUN was the first international success of X Filme Creative Pool, which he co-founded in 1994. It was the most profitable German film in 1998, and has won over 30 prestigious awards around the world. More recently, Tykwer has collaborated with the Wachowski sisters on CLOUD ATLAS (2012), and wrote and directed A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, starring Tom Hanks (2016).

All GOETHE FILMS are open to audiences 18+

Part of the Goethe-Institut’s focus on German Film



The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, we have been the first point of contact for many with Germany for over sixty years. Our long-lasting partnerships with leading institutions and individuals in over ninety countries create enduring trust in Germany. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties. In Canada we are represented by three Goethe-Instituts in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto. Outside of these cities we offer special online courses as well as examinations centres with...
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