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The Volksbühne Berlin's film programme in May, June and July


Film still from Casanovagen (2018) by Luise Donschen

The Volksbühne is proud to present a diverse film programme over the next two months, on the main stage and in the Roter Salon, as part of the VariaVision series.

Hailing from Catalonia and France, respectively, Albert Serra and Alain Guiraudie have established themselves as two of the most exciting voices in European cinema. On 11 May Serra’s latest film, The Death of Louis XIV, will be screened on the Volksbühne main stage. Focusing on the final days of the Sun King and featuring Nouvelle-Vague star Jean-Pierre Léaud in the title role, it celebrated its premiere as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. On 1-2 June the Roter Salon is presenting events with both filmmakers. Fireflies editor Annabel Brady-Brown hosts a discussion with Guiraudie following the screening of his film Ce vieux rêve qui bouge (2001) on 1 June. On 2 June Serra presents excerpts from his current film project, a cinematic adaptation of his Volksbühne production Liberté. Following the presentation, Fireflies editor Giovanni Marchini Camia hosts a discussion with both Serra and Guiraudie.

Fabrizio Ferraro’s film Les Unwanted de Europa (2017), which traces Walter Benjamin’s final days, can be seen for the first time in Germany on 26 May. A philosopher, in exile, seeking refuge - in the middle of Europe, in intensive black and white sequence shots. Following the screening, Ferraro and Georg W. Bertram, professor of aesthetics at the Freie Universität Berlin, tackle the philosophy of cinema and the cinema of philosophy in a discussion hosted by film critic Frédéric Jaeger.

The work of two young filmmakers, Helena Wittmann und Luise Donschen, is presented over two evenings in May under the title “An Image of Complicity”: On 6 May the programme consists of screenings of 21,3° C (Wittmann) and Casanovagen (Donschen), in addition to a sound performance created especially for the event. On 23 May a screening of an unreleased scene from Donschen’s Casanovagen featuring John Malkovich is followed by Drift, Wittmann’s astounding 2017 debut, which has never been shown in Berlin before. Discussions with the directors follow the screenings on both evenings.

The Un-Spoken series, a cooperation between VariaVision and the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC), is continuing with two events in the Roter Salon: On 10 June the “Anxious Narratives of a Subjunctive Politics” event consists of a screening of the latest film by Danish-Palestinian director Mahdi Feifel I Signed the Petition (10 minutes, 2018) and a discssion with Rasha Salti about incarnating, embodying and testing possible politics in film. On 5 July the nomadic film collective Sharna Pax, founded by artists and filmmakers Maeve Brennan, Tinne Zinner and Theresa Ladegaard Henningsen, presents a project developed for Un-Spoken that features a film and a live performance.

In cooperation with VariaVision and Atelier Impopulaire, the Roter Salon is hosting filmmaker, artist and curator Ben Russel on two consecutive evenings in June. On 29 June he presents a selection of his short films. On 30 June he’s staging a multimedia work for the Roter Salon together with Berlin hip-hop artist Black Cracker.

The film programme for this season culminates with a discussion on 8 July with Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Revolver co-publisher Christoph Hochhäusler on how “webs of emotion” are woven in her films. Part of the Revolver live! series.

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