Berlin International Film Festival releases 2019 retrospective programme.
Theretrospectivewill show some 20 shorter films on their own, or as lead-ins to the features. What the filmmakers and their protagonists have in common is an interest in exploring their own environment, and the search for their own cinematic idiom.
In West Germany, this development was embedded in the 1968 student movement and closely linked to the new women's movement and the New German Cinema wave. In East Germany, by contrast, all films were made within the state-controlled studio system. That studio, Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA), gave a few women a chance to direct as early as the 1950s, however, they were mainly assigned to children's films. Towards the end of the 1960s, everyday life in the socialist country became the focus of East Germany's women directors.
"Thanks to those activists, including committed filmmakers such as Helke Sander, Ula StE[micro]ckl, and Jutta BrE-ckner, women directors evolved with self-confidence. The need for gender equality in the film industry is a subject that is topical even today," Berlinale's Director Dieter Kosslick said
The upcomingretrospectivecurated by the Deutsche Kinemathek ranges from May Spils' first big theatrical hitZur Sache, SchEntzchen(Go for It, Baby, 1968) to the documentaryMit Haut und Haar(With Skin and Hair, 1999), in which Martina DE[micro]cker and Crescentia Dunber traced the memories of six women born before or during the Weimar era. Most of the films can be categorised as auteur works; the directors often fulfilled several functions on the productions. The films selected reflect on how women deal with their bodies, space and relationships, everyday life, and work. The genre covers a variety of filmmaking types -- from animated, essayistic, and experimental work, to traditional narratives and documentaries.
The narrative thread of many of the films can be traced back to the filmmaker's personal history. There is often a concordance between individual awakenings and developments in society, for example in Jutta BrE-ckner'sTue recht und scheue niemand -- Das Leben der Gerda Siepenbrink(Do Right and Fear Nobody, 1975) or Marianne Rosenbaum'sPeppermint Frieden(1983). The aesthetic approaches are also varied. Opulent imagery, such as in Ulrike Ottinger'sDorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse(Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press, 1984) or in Nina Grosse'sDer glEnserne Himmel(The Glass Sky, 1987), stands alongside stark representations of everyday life in Helma Sanders-Brahms'Unter dem Pflaster ist der Strand (Under the Pavement Lies the Strand, 1975) or Angela Schanelec'sDas GlE-ckmeinerSchwester(My Sister's Good Fortune, 1995).
Several of the films benefit from poetic black-and-white cinematography and location shooting. Ingrid Reschke's narrative featureKennen Sie Urban?(Do You Know Urban?, 1971) is an impressive portrait of a young generation on large construction sites in East Germany, while in Berlin -- Prenzlauer Berg: Begegnungen zwischen dem 1. Mai und dem 1. Juli 1990 (Berlin Prenzlauer Berg -- Encounters between 1st of May and 1st of July 1990, GER, 1990), Petra TschE[micro]rtner documents the upheaval during the collapse of communism. Both films are forays into an urban landscape in flux.
Berlin is both the anchor of many of the filmmakers and the location of many of the stories. In Pia Frankenberg'sNiewiederschlafen(Never Sleep Again, 1992), three women ramble aimlessly around the city. They are flaneurs, much like the main character in Claudia von Alemann'sDie Reisenach Lyon(The Trip to Lyon, FRG, 1980), who is following in the tracks of a feminist ancestor. In the films made around 1970, the filmmakers and their protagonists are often conquering the streets for the first time; in the films from the 1990s, street settings have become a matter of course, even for personal stories.
'Self-determined' is a continuation of aprevious retrospective,called 'Germany 1966', which documented the early careers of many West German women directors. Over the decades that followed, films in both East and West Germany developed a great diversity, both stylistically and in subject matter, and that is what we are presenting in thisretrospective, Rainer Rother, head of theretrospectivesection and artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek -- Museum fE-r Film und Fernsehen, said.
Among the highlights of the2019 retrospectivewill be the introduction of the films by their directors. There will be discussions in theretrospectivecinemas with filmmakers.
To accompany theretrospective, Bertz + Fischer publication house will publish a new German-language book named "Selbstbestimmt. Perspektiven von Filmemacherinnen". The richly-illustrated volume will contain five essays from leading film experts and five from well-known female directors.
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