Wolf Edition 1: Josephine Decker

Wolf Edition #1 – Future Cinema

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely by Josephine Decker

Future Cinema is an ongoing inquisition into the possibilities of the moving image.

We are presenting for the first time the work of a filmmaker who’s going to explore and bring to life Wolf’s rooms with us: with her films, a workshop and an exhibition.

Josephine Decker is a curious artist, spontaneous and eager to learn. She’s a filmmaker, a musician, an actor, a performer and, as a result of all this, a real poet.

Josephine Decker throws herself into the urgency, the infinite promise, and the danger of the cinema—and she seems to live, and to thrive, on the edge of that danger. (The New Yorker)

Two of her films – the first and the second ones– had their premiere at the 2014 Berlinale. THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY, with the mood of

Terence Malick’s DAYS OF HEAVEN and the tone of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and the out of the ordinary, experimental, erotic and dream-like BUTTER ON THE LATCH.

Josephine was given total freedom to choose films that have influenced her and we are very excited with the eclectic mix that will be showing. From the childhood-nostalgic-trip THE LAST UNICORN to STELLET LICHT, the wonderful tale of love and woe of a Mennonite couple from the North of Mexico.

All films will be introduced by Josephine Decker or there’s going to be a discussion with her and a guest after the film.


23th March 18:30h

THOU WAST MILD AND LOVELY (OmU) + Q&A Josephine Decker

USA 2014. Directed by Josephine Decker. Starring Joe Swanberg, Sophie Traub, Robert Longstreet, Kristin Slaysman, Geoff Marslett


When Akin arrives at the farm, he finds his job.  This is what he expected to find.  When Sarah opens her legs, she finds someone watching.  This is what she expected to find. When Jeremiah opens his mouth, frightening things come out of it.  This has come to be expected.  But what happens by the creek next to the cow. This was not expected.

24th March 18:30h

BUTTER ON THE LATCH (OmU) + Q&A Josephine Decker

USA 2013. Directed by Josephine Decker. Starring Sarah Small, Charlie Hewson and Isolde Chae-Lawrence

The sinister folktale BUTTER ON THE LATCH is set in the dark Californian forest of Mendocino, where a Balkan folk festival is taking place. Sarah surprises her friend Isolde by visiting her at the camp, and the two of them enjoy learning about the mythical stories from those faraway lands, practising traditional song and dance and chit-chatting on their torch-lit journeys back to the tiny cottage where they sleep. Sarah encounters a handsome guy during one of their carefree moments and decides to seduce him – slowly and over the course of several days. Obscure feelings begin to disrupt her behaviour while she makes her advances, and she almost forgets about Isolde as she is dragged deeper and deeper into the mythical world being played out in front of her by the other festival guests.

25th March 18:00h

BREAKING THE WAVES (OmU) + Introduction by Josephine Decker

Denmark 1996. Directed by Lars von Trier. Starring Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge

Bess, a naive and pious newlywed living in a tiny Scottish community, flaunts the will of the towns religious elders when she falls in love and marry’s an outsider, Jan. When Jan goes back to work on a nearby oil rig, Bess swears that she would give anything for his return. But soon after, an accident on the rig leaves Jan paralysed. Unable to perform sexually and not wanting to burden his wife, he persuades Bess to continue their love-making vicariously through other men, insisting that it will keep him alive. Though reluctant, Bess decides that it is gods will. But her selflessness sends her spirallingtowards a tragic end.

26th March 18:30h

THE LAST UNICORN (OV) + Introduction by Josephine Decker

USA 1982. Directed by Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.. Starring Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury 

Upon learning she may be the last of her kind, a unicorn leaves the safety of her home and embarks on a perilous journey to find others like her. Along the way she meets the friendly, but untalented, magician Schmendrick (whose spells never quite work as expected) and the bandit, Molly Grue. Together they challenge the might of the villainous king Haggard and his dreaded Red Bull. But when the unicorn is magically transformed into Amalthea, a beautiful woman, she must choose between new found human love and saving her noble kind from extinction. 

27th March 18:00h

STELLET LICHT (OmENU) + Introduction by Josephine Decker

Mexico 2007. Directed by Carlos Reygadas. Starring Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz

Johan and his family are Mennonites from the North of Mexico. Against the law of God and men, Johan falls in love with another woman. He must either betray his wife he has loved so much or sacrifice his true love.


More information:

On April 20th will open the doors to the exhibition „Virtual Reality: Immersion“

During her time at Wolf, Josephine Decker will produce a Virtual Reality piece that draws inspiration from immersive theater. She will explore the integration of the theatrical with the filmed in collaboration with choreographer Nicola Bullock.

TOWARDS A SPIRITUAL CINEMA - Workshop with Josephine Decker
What is a spiritual cinema? How can cinema integrate narrative with poetry? How do we create work that affects both our conscious and our subconscious?

In a series of three constructive workshops, Josephine Decker will explore ways to integrate the non-verbal, discovered image with narrative storytelling.

The workshop will include movement and sound explorations from Anne Bogart's Viewpoints, Butoh, dance and primitive voice techniques, as well as readings from Stanislavski and performance artist Matthew Goulish.

WHEN? 25th March & 1st & 8th April 2017, from 12 to 3pm
WHERE? Wolf Studio 6, Wildenbruchstrasse 6, 12045 Berlin
WHO? Participation only by application!



Supported by Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten,

Spartenübergreifende Förderung künstlerischer und kultureller Projekte

In collaboration with / in Zusammenarbeit mit INVR.SPACE