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Political Fassbinder: Film Series with Guests


Forty years after his untimely death, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945-1982) continues to be seen as one of the most prolific German directors of the postwar period. At the start of his creative life, he was in his early 20s, and at the time of his death, only 37. From his early days with the Action Theater (later: antiteater) in Munich in the 1960s to his most mature film and television works from the late 1970s to early 1980s, form was as important to him as content. He used his art to point out, thematize, and provoke responses to problems in society.

The film series POLITICAL FASSBINDER is about a re-encounter with a young, political artist. How do subsequent generations relate to his cinematic legacy and his choice of artistic means? The six films, including several classics from his oeuvre, will each screen twice at Wolf Kino. The first showing of each film will be accompanied by a special patron. These young cineastes, most of them born after Fassbinder's death, will  look at a given film from today's perspective and rediscover it along with the audience.


Sunday 6.11., 6 p.m. & Sunday 13.11., 4 p.m.
Germany in Autumn (FRG 1978, 123')
Guest: Julian Radlmaier (*1984)

In this hybrid omnibus film, representatives of the West German film and cultural scene of the 1970s attempt to capture and examine their complex reflections and feelings about the events of the "German Autumn" of 1977 and the relationship between the state, RAF terror, and death. With contributions by Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, Volker Schlöndorff, Heinrich Böll, and others.

Sunday 13.11., 6 pm & Sunday 20.11., 4 p.m.
Katzelmacher (FRG 1969, 88')
Guest: Ted Fendt (*1989)

In this film adaptation of Fassbinder's own play from 1968, young people from the Bavarian provinces hang out in various constellations. Their small world and limited fantasies are challenged when a stranger appears.

Sunday 20.11., 6 p.m. & Sunday 27.11., 4 p.m.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (FRG 1974, 93')
Guest: Burhan Qurbani (*1980)

An elderly German widow and a younger Moroccan guest worker make for an unusual couple in 1970s Munich.

Sunday 27.11., 6 pm & Sunday 4.12., 3 p.m.
Fox and Friends (FRG 1975, 123')
Guest on Sunday 4.12.: Toby Ashraf (*1982)

A young, working-class man wins the lottery and becomes romantically entangled with a man from  a different social stratosphere...

Sunday 4.12., 6 p.m. & Sunday 11.12., 4 p.m.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (FRG 1979, 120')
Guest: Susanne Heinrich (*1985)

A woman survives the end of the war, fights for her ill-fated marriage, and takes part in the 1950s “Economic Miracle” in a West Germany seeking to escape the German past.

Sunday 11.12., 6 p.m. & Sunday 18.12., 4 p.m.
The Third Generation (FRG 1979, 110')
Guest: Juliane Lorenz (*1957)

A group of bored young people in West Berlin dabble in terrorism without realizing that they are being manipulated at the hands of a cynical industrialist. Black comedy about the mental state of the third RAF generation.

The project and film series POLITICAL FASSBINDER are part of the Berlin edition of the multi-city film education project "Encounter RWF" by the DFF-German Film Institute & Film Museum in Frankfurt(Main). More detailed information on the project can be found here.

The film series was curated by Dr. Brigitta Wagner.

Encounter RWF is funded by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne,the cultural fund Frankfurt RheinMain and the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.

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