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Afi Film Fest: The Final Week

March 22, 1987|KEVIN THOMAS

T he following are capsule reviews of this week's screenings at the AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles. Screenings take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, except where noted. Tickets and information: (213) 520-2000 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. MONDAY

"Meier" (West Germany, 1986, 12:30 p.m.). Peter Timm's satire on the absurdity of the Berlin Wall is amazingly lively and often funny, considering the subject. Rainer Grenkowitz stars as a young, enterprising East Berlin paperhanger who becomes a socialist hero, thanks to the much-desired high-quality wallpaper he smuggles in from West Berlin--and who craves just to be a German, neither West nor East. A bit parochial in some of its joking, but nonetheless a pointed commentary on the economic hardships and lack of freedom in East Germany (from which first-time director Timm was expelled as a dissident). Recommended.

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