March 2018, arsenal cinema

Filmspotting: Exploring the Deutschen Kinemathek’s film archive


The young historian Elisabeth arrives in Lyon. She has left her husband and child behind to be able to confront the city with open eyes and ears. She is reading the diary of Flora Tristan, a French 19th-century socialist and feminist who was a significant influence on activists and thinkers of her time, but was later forgotten. Elisabeth wants to reconstruct Tristan’s life in as sensual a way as possible and to make it “palpable” through the sounds and noises she records - an echo of history that mirrors her own time. We are premiering the digital restoration of DIE REISE NACH LYON (FRG 1981) to celebrate the 75th birthday of the director Claudia von Alemann, who will be present. (ah)