Monthly Archives: October 2014

It was great to be able to introduce the first William Wallace Day in Lübeck Scottish Film Evening, and to give people in Lübeck the opportunity to see the famous letter from William Wallace himself. A big big thanks to Frau Stubenrauch, Restoration Manager at the Lübeck Archives for taking the time to share the letter and her expertise.

Over 30 people were there for each film – there were a few articles of tartan on show, and we even had a native of Stirlingshire, Ewan, who grew up and studied in the shadow of the Wallace Monument no less, and who is now a resident of Lübeck. People were particularly engrossed by the issues in Anthony Baxter’s great documentary film, “You’ve Been Trumped”, with a passionate discussion afterwards, which carried on into the whisky tasting with our friend Leon.

Leon is passionate about whisky, particularly following a recent visit to the island of Islay. Perhaps this evening has inspired him to take his interest in whisky further. In fact, Leon is offering another tasting evening in Lübeck soon…click here for more info.

A big thanks too to Vitter Thiessen, Manager at Koki, for running with the idea of a Scottish film night. Kommunales Kino Lübeck has said that the William Wallace Day Scottish Film Evening will now be an annual feature in their programme, every 11th October.


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Liane welcoming everyone to the inaugural William Wallace Day Scottish Film Evening.


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Antje Stubenrauch from Lübeck Archives with Vitter Thiessen from Koki, and the William Wallace Letter, complete with Wallace’s seal.


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Our friend, Leon Schuster, introducing a variety of different Scottish whiskys for tasting.


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The tasting…Leon was very busy!


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Kommunales Kino Lubeck, 11 October 2014

To mark the date of a historic letter from William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland, to the Hanseatic City of Lubeck on 11th October 1297, Kino Koki is presenting an evening of Scottish film, in cooperation with Liane Cumming and Michael Cooper (from Scotland).

Scotland’s earliest links to Germany focus around trade. It was so significant that after his famous victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, William Wallace wrote to the city of Lubeck, seeking to assure the merchants of Lubeck that it was now safe to trade with the Kingdom of Scotland again,.

The Wallace Letter is a treasured document which is the only artefact remaining in Wallace’s own handwriting, and is kept in the Lubeck Archive. A facsimile copy of the letter will be shown and its significance explained at the beginning of the evening.

And so the Scottish films we have chosen are two, interweaving stories, showing the effect capitalism can have on the ability to value our connections with the past and our future relationships with nature, and contemplates how we can be responsible for both.

Scottish snacks and drinks will be available between the two films with a special whisky tasting opportunity with advice available. The entrance fee is €5 for each film.


You’ve Been Trumped (18.00 h)

Documentary film set in North East Scotland portraying the brutal nature of corporate power. The film follows a group of proud Scottish homeowners as they take on the might of celebrity US tycoon Donald Trump when he buys up one of Scotland’s last coastal wilderness areas to build a luxury golf resort. Once construction begins on the 1,400-acre Menie Estate, which Mr. Trump bought in 2005, the lives of the farmers and fishermen in nearby Balmedie, a specially protected area of Scotland are turned upside down. The film delves into the problems encountered by the remaining residents who make a last stand in the face of security harassment and legal threats from both Mr. Trump and the local authorities.

Anthony Baxter, GB 2011, 95 Min., OV, FSK: –


Local Hero (20.30 h)

A 1980s film portraying a humorous tale of a small idyllic Scottish village and its encounter with a giant oil company. An eccentric American oil billionaire Happer (Burt Lancaster) sends his yuppie executive (Peter Riegert) to Scotland to secure the property rights of a village and beach for an oil refinery they want to build. But things don’t go as expected when he meets sturdy, feisty locals, falls in love and sees the Northern Lights.

Bill Forsyth, GB 1983, 111 Min., OV, FSK: ab 12

€5 each film