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THROUGH JANUARY 25
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These two overlapping series present the latest in both mainstream and avant-garde films from Germany, a country whose vibrant film industry is seldom represented on American screens. Included are movies by two of the country’s most promising young directors, Connie Walther and Andreas Kleinert, who will appear to introduce their work. The former’s The First Time is about a 15-year-old who wants to lose her virginity before meeting her idol, Johnny Depp (Jan. 15 at 8:15 p.m.); the latter’s In the Name of Innocence is a thriller about a woman (Barbara Sukowa) buffeted by the fallout of German unification (Jan. 16 at 8:15 p.m., Jan. 17 at 7:45 p.m.). Also included are Gesche’s Poison, another telling of the true story that inspired Fassbinder’s Bremen Freedom (Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., Jan. 18 at 8:30 p.m.); From Hell to Hell, in which a Jewish concentration camp survivor (Anja Kling) fights to get back the young daughter she left with a neighbor (pictured, Jan. 21 at 8:15 p.m., Jan. 25 at 8:15 p.m.); and Rossini, named for an Italian restaurant in Munich that hosts a diverse group of regulars (Jan. 23 & 24 at 8:15 p.m., Jan. 25 at 4:30 p.m.). Another intriguing possibility is Exile Shanghai, Ulrike Ottinger’s documentary about European Jews who found haven in World War II-era Shanghai, but note that it’s 275 minutes long, and some of the director’s previous work has been problematic. The experimental film series features four diverse programs of short, nontraditional work from the ’90s (Jan. 17 at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 18 at 4 p.m., Jan. 24 at 1 & 3 p.m.) at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 737-4215. “Recent Films From Germany” is at the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)