December 2019, arsenal cinema

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


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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08:00 pm Cinema 1

Studie II (Halluzinationen)

Tagning Öyvind Fahlström

Tagning Narkomaner


Ansikten i skugga


The Lead Shoes

Studie II (Halluzinationen) Peter Weiss
Sweden 1952 16 mm without dialogue 5 min
Tagning Öyvind Fahlström Peter Weiss
Sweden 1961 Digital file OV 11 min
Tagning Narkomaner Peter Weiss
Sweden 1961 Digital file without dialogue 6 min
Aube Jean-Claude Sée Frankreich 1950–51
16 mm without dialogue 21 min
Ansikten i skugga Gesichter im Schatten Peter Weiss
Sweden 1956 16 mm OV 13 min
Ateljéinteriör The Studio of Dr. Faust Peter Weiss
Sweden 1956 16 mm OV 10 min
The Lead Shoes Sidney Peterson
USA 1949 16 mm OV 17 min
Prints Peter Weiss: Filmform, Stockholm

Martin Grennberger in person