July 2017, arsenal cinema

Cruising the 1970s: MADAME X

MADAME X – EINE ABSOLUTE HERRSCHERIN, 1977

The international research project "Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures" is putting on a conference at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics? Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film in 1970s Germany), which grapples with lesbian and gay culture in divided Germany in the 70s. To open the conference, a film is to be shown which was of central importance for addressing lesbian relationships and sexuality in the 70s. MADAME X – EINE ABSOLUTE HERRSCHERIN (West Germany 1977) by Ulrike Ottinger tells the story of the adventurous ship journey by an entirely female crew under the aegis of Madame X. In 1978, Ginka Steinwachs referred to the film as a "torch for lesbian love and the expression of a revolutionary […] awareness" in the feminist magazine "Die Schwarze Botin". (bw). (20.7., with an introduction by Ulrike Ottinger)

July '17
arsenal cinema: Cruising the 1970s: MADAME X

06:30 pm Cinema 1


Madame X – Eine absolute Herrscherin

*Madame X – Eine absolute Herrscherin
Ulrike Ottinger FRG 1977 16 mm OV/EnS 141 min

Introduced by Michaela Wünsch
Opening addresses: Ulrike Vedder, Andreas Kraß and Glyn Davis
arsenal cinema: Creative Visions – Hong Kong Cinema 1997–2017

08:00 pm Cinema 2


After This Our Exile

After This Our Exile Patrick Tam 2006
Blu-ray OV/EnS 159 min