I find it very difficult to choose just one German book and film, because of the outstanding output in the arts – especially literature and philosophy – of the Volk der Dichter und Denker. To attempt simplicity, I will list the last two remarkable works I have come across.
One brilliantly creative and hilarious movie of the last few years is Wer früher stirbt, ist länger tot (2006). The movie received numerous awards and is especially interesting for advanced students of German because it uses the Bavarian dialect. I live only an hour away from the Bavarian border, but there were large chunks of the movie where I was completely lost and wished the German version had subtitles. Still, I don´t remember ever laughing harder at the movie theater…
As far as literature is concerned, the last piece of fiction that truly impressed me was Jakob der Lügner (1969) by Jurek Becker. It’s the story of a Jakob Heym, the inmate of a Jewish Ghetto in Poland during the German occupation of WWII. Jakob pretends to possess a radio and supplies the ghetto with optimistic news about the approaching Red Army. If you don’t like reading, the East German movie adaption of 1974 is available at WU library, and this is the trailer of the more lighthearted American version with Spanish subtitles, available via Netflix.
Last but not least, this is one of my favorite songs these days:
I´ll see Peter Fox on a festival in summer, if anyone happens to be around Leipzig in early June, let me know so we can party together! 🙂