December 2019, arsenal cinema

The DEFA Foundation Presents: Rural Biographies – Lives in the Country

DAS HAUS AM FLUSS, 1985

Although documentary filmmakers Volker Koepp, Jochen Kraußer, and Karl Farber all have very different artistic signatures when it comes to making their work, their films about people in the Oderbruch, the Thüringer Wald, and on the Mulde all narrate personal biographies of life in the country. Volker Koepp shot AM FLUSS (East Germany 1978) in Oderbruch. The film is not just the portrait of a landscape, but also provides insights into the story of German guilt in the European east. LERCHENLIEDER (Jochen Kraußer, East Germany 1980) is the account of the unusual friendship between a 72-year-old Romanian music box collector and a twelve-year-old farmer’s boy in Thüringen. IN DER STRÖMUNG (Karl Farber, East Germany 1982) is the portrait of a ferrywoman who crosses the Mulde many times per day with her ferry. DAS HAUS AM FLUSS (Roland Gräf, East Germany 1985) tells the story of four women who must deal with life during the Second World War while their husbands right at the front. (kg) (2.12.)

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Amos Vogel – Repeats and Responses

08:00 pm Cinema 1


The Private Life of a Cat

Las Hurdes

Mother’s Day

The Private Life of a Cat Alexander Hammid, Maya Deren
USA 1945 16 mm without dialogue 22 min
*Las Hurdes Land Without Bread Luis Buñuel
Spain 1933 16 mm OV/EnS 28 min
Mother’s Day James Broughton, Frank Stauffacher
USA 1948 16 mm OV 15 min