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Film still from DARK SPRING. A woman holds a microphone out to another who is reading from a book. In the background the lettering Film Special Effects.

Thu 02.06.

  • Director

    Ingemo Engström

  • FRG / 1970
    92 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Ingemo Engström, Gerhard Theuring in person

DARK SPRING was Engström’s graduation film at the HFF München. “A film about women’s utopias of love. What it shows is how a woman experiences a sense of déjà-vu when she is at the end of a fixed relationship and the start of a utopian one. Encounters with other women are also shown, who reflect on their own relationships and on other possible forms of being together. Their testimonies remain authentic even when placed in a context that draws on staging.” (Ingemo Engström). Harun Farocki saw DARK SPRING at the Hamburger Filmschau and later wrote: “Shot in color and on 35mm, the film strives for beauty and yet speaks of politics nonetheless. No one else from our generation attempted this connection of cinematographic beauty and contemporary politics.” And Uwe Nettelbeck: “DARK SPRING is a film by a women and a film for women in which women say one thing above all: how they see it.”

Before we show a short film by Gerhard Theuring with Ingemo Engström and Werner Schroeter and a short film by Wim Wenders with Paul Lys and Werner Schroeter.

Funded by:

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