November 2012, arsenal cinema

Rosa von Praunheim's 70th Birthday


On November 25, Rosa von Praunheim turns 70! We are celebrating his birthday with a brunch in the dffb canteen on the 9th floor of the Filmhaus at 12pm (Price 10 €, please register at 030-269 55 100) and a lengthy day of films taking in six features and many different guests. Rosa von Praunheim was born in Riga in 1942, grew up in Berlin and the Frankfurt district of Praunheim and has to this day shot more than 70 films. He is a passionate filmmaker whose films are characterized by an irrepressible lust for excess, transgression, sensuality and the opulence of life. He remains unconcerned with aesthetic convention or so-called "good" taste, is loud and shrill, but always shows a totally serious interest in the people in his portraits.

NICHT DER HOMSEXUELLE IST PERVERS, SONDERN DIE SITUATION, IN DER ER LEBT (1971): the story of a young gay man who comes to Berlin to look for happiness and love is staged by Praunheim as an indictment of the apolitical gay scene. STADT DER VERLORENEN SEELEN (1982) is a portrait of eight queer show stars in a mixture of musical and documentary, reality and utopia. In the semi-documentary AFFENGEIL (1990), 77-year-old singer, dancer and actress Lotti Huber, who is positively bursting with life, tells stories from her life. ICH BIN MEINE EIGENE FRAU (1992) is a portrait of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (1928–2002), who was born as Lothar Berfelde. DIE BETTWURST (1971) is a made-up love story between middle class secretary Luzi and laborer Dietmer that was shot with real characters and authentic sets. MEINE MÜTTER – SPURENSUCHE IN RIGA (2007): it was only shortly before the death of his mother that Rosa von Praunheim found out that he was not her biological son, but rather that she had found him in a children's home in Riga. He flies to Riga and sets out on a search for his story that is also that of Latvia during the German occupation. (25.11.)