City Paper is not for tourists
For bright and dreamy young Berliner Hanna, a visit to Jerusalem holds no appeal. So when the protagonist of Julia von Heinz’s Hanna’s Journey departs for a counseling job in Israel because “helping Jews always gets you points,” she doesn’t expect to enjoy her time in the city, nor does she expect to find love. The goal is career advancement, pure and simple. But this is a movie, after all, so Hanna is bound to fall for her handsome Israeli co-worker and become less uptight. Lucky for us, when one of the women she counsels—an elderly Holocaust survivor—shares details from Hanna’s family’s past, the film drifts away from tired romantic comedy tropes and focuses instead on how cultural identity impacts Hanna’s choices. And since Hanna’s Journey is shown as part of the Goethe-Institut’s “Film-Neu Presents” program, viewers can contemplate their own cultural discoveries for free. The film shows at 6:30 p.m. at Goethe-Institut Washington, 812 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. washington.goethe.org.