Monday, 17 September 2018

english/german

Twenty-five years after “The English Patient ”, Michael Ondaatje presents his latest masterpiece, Warlight. Siblings Nathaniel and Rachel have apparently been abandoned by their parents in London at the end of the Second World War, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named “The Moth” and his eccentric crew of friends. But who are these people really? One day, the mother reappears. But she won’t s…

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  • Mon. 17 September 2018
  • 20:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

german

In 2012 he published his surprise smash-hit satire about Hitler, “Look Who’s Back”, one of the most successful debuts in recent decades. The magazine Der Stern called it “screamingly funny”. The book was on the Der Spiegel best-seller list for 130 weeks, topping the chart for 27 of those. Now Timur Vermes (born in 1967) is releasing his latest, long-awaited novel, Die Hungrigen und die Satten [“The Hun…

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  • Tue. 09 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Aufgrund eines grippalen Infekts muss Martin Walser seine Veranstaltung leider absagen. Bereits gekaufte Tickets können an den Vorverkaufsstellen zurückgegeben werden, an denen sie erworben wurden. Online gekaufte Karten werden automatisch von koelnticket.de rückerstattet.

german

“What in the world would I rather be than myself? Everything but me,” claims Justus Mall, as he now calls himself. Formerly a high-ranking immigration official, he became a philosopher with responsibility for everything and nothing. Only because of one thoughtless act. But that’s not his only dilemma. Day in, day out, he finds himself in conflict with circumstances of his own creation. Is it perha…

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  • Wed. 10 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

german

As part of a television documentary, the internationally celebrated actor Christian Berkel (“Downfall”, “Inglourious Basterds”, “Der Kriminalist”) went on a journey to fill in the gaps in his family’s history. From this experience discovering his roots, he has created a novel told with elegance and excitement. Der Apfelbaum [“The Apple Tree”] follows three generations from Ascona, Berlin, Paris and Moscow all th…

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  • Wed. 10 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Thursday, 11 October 2018

german

Elke Heidenreich and Bernd Schroeder co-wrote the novel “This Old Thing Called Love” in 2009. In it, they tell the story of Lore and Harry, who have been married for 40 years. These former 1960s idealists are concerned about becoming too domesticated, and upset about their daughter Gloria, who is about to get married for the third time – to an immensely rich industrial magnate old enough to be her f…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

german

If the dead could speak, what would they say? Robert Seethaler (“The Newsagent”, “A Lifetime”) undertakes this experiment and lets them talk. And his experiment was successful: In his new novel, The Field, 29 deceased residents of a village called Paulstadt recount their stories. A man is born, falls to gambling and dies. Another finally understands the moment when his life was decided. A woman remembe…

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  • Thu. 11 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Friday, 12 October 2018

german

Unfortunately, most of the mail we receive is somewhat disappointing: tax statements, telephone bills, or a birthday card from the dentist. Or the contents are incredibly boring: postcards from somebody’s beach holiday, flyers from the supermarket, or a “save the date” notice for the tenth wedding of the summer. Yet there can be such lively, entertaining, hilarious examples of correspondence. Katha…

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  • Fri. 12 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Saturday, 13 October 2018

english/german

Jonas Jonasson is back! And so is Allan Karlsson! The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man is the sequel to “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”, a favorite of millions of excited fans worldwide. Now the centenarian has had enough of his never-ending vacation on Bali and is delighted at the prospect of a new adventure: During a hot air bal…

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

german

The clouds are lying low over the geest as Ingwer Feddersen, 47, returns to his home village. There is something he has to make amends for. Grandmother Ella is in the process of losing her mind; Grandfather Sönke is steadfastly holding his ground in the village pub. He has seen better days, just like the whole village. When did this decline begin? Was it when the large farms grew and the small …

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  • Sat. 13 October 2018
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Sunday, 14 October 2018

german

In 1976, Martin Scorsese cast Christian Brückner as the German voice of Robert de Niro. Today, Brückner is a legend. As a voice-over artist, but especially as an interpreter of great literature: He casts a linguistic spell, no matter how complex the material: “Moby Dick”, “The Odyssey”, “The Communist Party Manifesto”, or stories by Alice Munro and Raymond Carver. Brückner builds bridges, creates resonance and …

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  • Sun. 14 October 2018
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

english/german

Inspector Macbeth is the toughest cop in a run-down industrial city. Busting one deal after another, he is the bane of the drug lords. But eventually he can no longer resist temptation: money, power, respect – they’re all within reach. Egged on by his partner, Lady, he starts to bump off his competition one by one. In his murderous frenzy, he doesn’t realize he has fallen prey to the same dark force…

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  • Tue. 27 November 2018
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang