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Unanticipated connections are made in cities, and unexpected things happen after dark. To keep such possibilities open, German director Andreas Dresen improvised with the actors playing the central roles in his second feature, 1998’s Night Shapes, which was shot largely outdoors over 47 winter nights. As the pope arrives in newly unified Berlin, a homeless couple gets enough money to spend one night in a hotel; a farmer seeks comfort from—and then to comfort—a junkie hooker; and a businessman accuses an African immigrant boy of theft, only to become the child’s protector later. East-German-bred and DEFA-trained Dresen, whose Grill Point was featured in last week’s “New Films From Germany” series, is a neo-neorealist who uses documentary techniques in an attempt to capture the authentic disposition of contemporary Germany. This screening begins “Viewer’s Choice,” a new series of reprised favorites from recent German cinema. The film screens at 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes’ Goethe-Forum, 812 7th St. NW. $5. (202) 289-1200 (Mark Jenkins)