July 2015, arsenal cinema

Filmspotting: Exploring the Deutsche Kinemathek Film Archive


In MEIN LANGSAMES LEBEN (Passing Summer, Angela Schanelec, Germany 2001) A summery Berlin devoid of people becomes the backdrop for philosophical observations about human existence in general and the bourgeois lifestyle in particular. Angela Schanelec depicts the quotidian nature of life in inimitable fashion: the meetings and conversations in the flat Valerie und Marie share, a dying father, work, love, the end of a marriage. The contemplative narrative and formal rigor provide the space for precise insights and fine atmospheric nuances. The director is regarded as one of the key representatives of the so-called "Berlin School", whose films form one key strand of the Deutsche Kinemathek's collecting focus. (ah) (24.8.)