Remake Festival Highlights
Tuesday, November 26 at Pupille - Kino in der Uni
More info here --> https://www.remake-festival.de/en/licht-mademoiselle-paradis/
Wednesday, November 27 at Pupille - Kino in der Uni
More info here --> https://www.remake-festival.de/en/daughters-of-the-dust/
November 29, 2019 at Pupille - Kino in der Uni
More info here --> https://www.remake-festival.de/en/orlando/
»Denken Sie bitte im Film und dann wird es ganz klar« / »Please think within the film, and it will become very clear«
To play with a German phrase: »Nach dem Festival ist vor dem Festival« / »After the festival is before the festival«
This lecture performance is dedicated to Frankfurt-based film activist Ella Bergmann-Michel and performed by Bettina Schulte Strathaus. “Please think within the film, and it will become very clear” is the title of the performance that mixes film and texts. Bergmann-Michel was a a traveling agent of the moving picture from its beginnings - and she piled up papers, lists, receipts. I think this evening will be interesting because it emphasizes that film history is not only about the picture(s) but about archive work too. In this collage, even turned into a new form of art - inspiring!
More info here: --> https://www.remake-festival.de/en/on-location/please-think-within-the-film-and-it-will-become-very-clear-ella-bergmann-michels-film-lectures/
So I feel like I'm cheating with this one because there are six films in one fascinating program. But first a bit more background about Ella Bergmann-Michel.
“In the early 1930s, Ella Bergmann-Michel, who was known as more of a painter, made a number of documentary films that found some recognition at the time, but are hardly known even to specialists today,” wrote Jutta Hercher in Frauen und Film in 1990. Since then the artist has gradually moved into public view, though Bergmann-Michel the filmmaker, and particularly the cinema activist, still remains wrongfully in the background.
This is why Kinothek Asta Nielsen and the Remake Festival are so critical. By showing Bergmann-Michel's films - Wo wohnen alte Leute? (1931, silent, 13 min); Erwerblose kochen für Erwerblose (1932, silent, 9 min); Fliegende Händler in Frankfurt am Main (1932, silent, 37 min); Fischfang in der Rhön (an der Sinn) (1932, silent, 11 min); Wahlkampf 1932 (Letzte Wahl) (1932/33, silent, 13 min) - and the collage of Bergmann-Michel's painted and documentary work Mein Herz schlägt blau – Ella Bergmann-Michel (1989, 30 min), we become intimately familiar with her work, thus preserving her legacy. Do not miss the chance to see the sharpness, complexity and appeal for social reform by such a skilled hand and keen eye.
Saturday, November 29 at Pupille - Kino in der Uni
Kinothek Asta Nielsen has commissioned internationally renowned composer-pianist Maud Nelissen to compose music for one of the most spectacular British films of the 1920s (based on an earlier play of the same name by Stanley Houghton): Hindle Wakes. It will be performed by an ensemble of five musicians.
About the film itself: Young Fanny Hawthorn works in a cotton mill in Hindle, Lancashire, England. During the yearly company outing, she enjoys an affair with the son of the factory owner. From her family’s point of view, the only thing that can restore her honour is a wedding. But Fanny won’t give up her freedom just because of her “little fancy”. Sexual self-determination is – in the spirit of Emma Goldman – part of the pride of the working woman.
Not only do we have this cinematic story of emancipation, a true sensation at the time, the film also gives us a look at the cotton industry - the first global capitalist economy. The film is thus a twofold documentation, of the early 20th century women’s movement and the situation of workers in the English cotton industry. Combine that with a world premiere of a film score by one of the most important silent film pianists and composers and you're in for a night of culture you don't want to miss!
Thursday, November 28 at Schauspiel Frankfurt
Get tickets here --> Schauspiel Frankfurt Eventim
View the full Remake program here --> Festival Program Booklet (German)
We hope to see you there!
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