May 2011, arsenal cinema

The DEFA-Stiftung presents

DER NACKTE MANN AUF DEM SPORTPLATZ, 1973

This month’s film series of the DEFA-Stiftung is dedicated to the actress Jutta Hoffmann and the scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase, both celebrating milestone birthdays in March. DER NACKTE MANN AUF DEM SPORTPLATZ (The Naked Man in the Stadium, GDR 1973, Konrad Wolf, as guest: scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase in conversation with Ralf Schenk) tells the story of the sculptor Kemmel who is not convincing with his headstrong works. Only when confronted with Kemmel's work do his fellow citizens develop an understanding of the artist and his creativity. A film about art and the eye of the beholder. Afterwards, we will see Jutta Hoffmann in the banned film KARLA (GDR 1965, Herrmann Zschoche). Karla is an ambitious teacher who wants to help her pupils think independently. Yet with her ideals, Karla comes up against invisible barriers. (March 7)