AT 2023 | 82 min | silent
The Ape Man’s tour de force through a dystopian underworld of infernal obscenities and perfidious orgies of violence. Radical low-budget horror in the most beautiful black and white, celebrating silent film and staging the abject in no uncertain terms.
friday 06 oct 10:00 pm werkstattkino
guest: Norbert Pfaffenbichler
AT, DE 2023 | 100 min | German, engl. ST
Flippa in search of her sister Furia: rhyming, monologuing, reciting from literature and diaries, she drifts through Italy and various love stories in this bizarre and experimental road movie.
friday 6 oct 8:00 pm werkstattkino
guest: Martha Mechow, Hans Broich (production)
USA 2022 | 65 min | English, German ST
Allensworth, California, was founded in 1908 as the first settlement of African-Americans. As if in a wall calendar, Benning goes through the months with views of settlement houses that still have the structural signature of the early days. Only in August does he depart from the strict composition, with a girl reading an African-American poem. Another milestone in Benning’s very own “Americana”.
monday 9 oct 6:00 pm theatiner | with „Projekt”
BRD 1970 | 96 min | German, OV
The proverbial dwarf uprising on Lanzarote was staged under the impression of the student revolt in 1968/69 and failed grandly. The film stands iconically for the world-famous credo of Werner Herzog’s filmmaking and can be considered the motto of UNDERDOX.
„In a way, the revolt of the dwarfs is not a real defeat, because for them it is a really good, memorable day; you can see the joy in their faces.“ (Werner Herzog)
saturday 07 oct 9:00 pm filmmuseum
guest: Werner Herzog
AT, DE 2023 | 130 min | German, engl. ST | Caligari Film Prize (Berlinale), Crossing Europe Local Artist Award, Special Award for Promoting Gender Equality (Sarajevo)
But evil does not exist? Torture, mass extermination and genocide are still real phenomena of a nihilistic practice of war. The film weaves the shoals of extermination lust through fictionalised perpetrator confessions, based on real testimonies, into a dense web of meaning. A challenging film maelstrom and one of the most discussed festival films of the year.
sunday 08 oct 11:00 am theatiner
guest: Selma Doborac
USA/HR 2023 | 62 min | English, OV | German Premiere
How the return home from the disastrous Vietnam War turns into a hallucinogenic fever dream about a fragile father-son relationship.
“The bigger the fuck-up, the bigger the medal.” (Travis Wilkerson)
sunday 08 oct 9:30 pm werkstattkino | young people’s choice
DE/AM 2023 | 96 min | Armenian, engl.ST
What if a war becomes chronic and invisible? When it retreats into the earth and the epic landscape? A search for traces of the geopolitical fault lines in eastern Armenia, along the new dividing lines between Azerbaijan and Armenia that have emerged since the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, he traces the geopolitical fault lines, following a flock of sheep.. Animals know no borders, the shepherd says – his flock of sheep becomes a very natural symbol of resistance to the war.
thursday 05 oct7:00 pm filmmuseum
guest: Daniel Kötter| opening film
FR/USA/GB 2023 | 60 min | Mandarin, engl. ST
Wang Xilin, 86 years old, is one of China’s most important modern classical composers, who was imprisoned for many years in the Chinese education camps. In the black theatre space he presents himself naked, as a body exposed to the soul. Excerpts from his powerful symphonies accompany his memories of the dehumanisation of the Chinese nation.
wednesday 11 oct 9:00 pm filmmuseum
Artemis Shaw, Prashanth Kamalakanthan USA 2023 | 78 min
English, OV | Special Jury Award Rotterdam 2023
New York, a VHS camera and the Lockdown. The best ingredients for turning one’s own life into fiction. The film is independent and mumblecore, with the insane touch of not taking itself seriously at all.
saturday 07 oct9:30 pm werkstattkino | with „Les chats de L’Atalante”
UA 2023 | 100 min
Ukrainian, engl. ST | Fipresci Award Rotterdam
Ukraine has been independent for five years in 1996. At the centre of the film: a video documenting a brutal arrest that demands a criminal reconstruction of the events. A still rare look at the post-Soviet era.
friday 06 oct6:00 pm theatiner
guest: Novruz Hikmet (actor)
César Vayssié FR 2023 | 131 min | French, engl. ST
An exhilarating poetic-political manifesto inspired by Federico Fellini’s famous 8½ sentence. At the Belvedere Hotel in Cerbère, on the border with Spain, young actors stage a play about desire and fluidity, the collective and art.
tuesday 10 oct 9:00 pm filmmuseum
guest: César Vayssié
ES 2023 | 113 min | Lao, Swahili with engl. ST
Special Jury Prize Berlinale
The Buddhist temples of Laos. A young monk crosses the river every day to read to a woman from a guide to the path to the afterlife. When the woman dies, her spirit begins a sensual journey to reincarnation. What follows: a unique, immersive film experience.
“Perhaps the most radical film of the Berlinale.” (Philipp Stadelmaier, SZ)
tuesday 10 oct 6:00 pm theatiner
ES 2022 | With Itsaso Arana, Vito Sanz, Francesco Carril, Irene Escolar | 64 min | Spanish, engl. ST | German Premiere
Two thirtysomething couples re-sort their lives – or not. Peter Sloterdijk’s “You Have to Change Your Life”, Bill Callahan’s “Let’s Move to the Country” and Chano Domínguez’s jazzy flamenco accompany them on their escape from the real.
saturday 07 oct6:00 pm theatiner | with „Spill it Off”
DE/CD 2021 | 52 min | German, English, engl. ST
Coltan mining in South Kivu, Congo. The 360° documentary transports you directly to the site of an extractivist manufactory and documents the effects on nature, the workers and, above all, the women, who tell of their lives at the mine from off-screen. The VR film is a gripping and amazing illusion that is hard to resist.
fri 06 oct5 pm, 7 pm | sat/sun 07/08 oct 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm | stadtmuseumssaal
guest: Daniel Kötter
CN/FR/LX/NL 2023 | 212 min | Mandarin, engl. ST
In the sweatshop spot of Zhili, the studios are lined up like battery cages in multi-storey workhouses. The young seamstresses try to live a little youth in their free time. An intense immersion in fast-fashion turbo-capitalism.
sunday 08 oct8:00 pm filmmuseum | artist in focus