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Event Date: 13th Sep 2018 | 19:00
ALWAYS SOMEWHERE ELSE – THE CINEMA OF ANGELA SCHANELEC IN DIALOGUE
GOETHE-INSTITUT LONDON 50 Princes Gate Exhibition Road SW7 2PH London
This first comprehensive retrospective in the UK dedicated to Angela Schanelec proposes a dialogue between the films of the German filmmaker and those by international directors such as Chantal Akerman, Edward Yang, Joanna Hogg, or Claire Denis. Angela Schanelec will be present on 13 and 14 September to talk about her filmmaking.
Considered to be part of the so-called Berlin School, which emerged in the 1990s, with colleagues such as Christian Petzold and teachers like Harun Farocki, Angela Schanelec (b. 1962) has established herself as a unique and strong presence outside the mainstream of German cinema. Persistently producing a film every few years, eight features to date, she has pursued her very own aesthetics and themes, defying classical narration and subtly confronting neoliberal life in contemporary Europe.
Schanelec is interested in observing little episodic movements, daily routines and the pressures of time passing. She poses questions about what it means to care for a child or to fall in love. Schanelec's unusual approach to these topics focuses on silences rather than on sounds. She looks intently at the fleeting and disappearing, instead of pursuing appearances, and so protects her protagonists instead of exposing their emotions. Her focus is on the beauty of a gesture and the workings of movement, whether in one of her many dance scenes or during a walk. She lets us spend time with a group of people to get to know them, while their relationships evolve, pass through subtle changes, and perhaps dissolve. American filmmaker Thom Andersen has labelled this kind of dramaturgy “hanging-out-films.” But Schanelec’s films are not as light or casual as the label would suggest. Schanelec’s is a cinema of open wounds, those of individual experiences and relationships as well as societal ones.
For this season each of Schanelec’s films has been paired with a work by another director to place her work in a wider context and to spark a dialogue between films and our own dialogue with them.
Always Somewhere Else—The Cinema of Angela Schanelec in Dialogue is curated by Patrick Holzapfel and organised by the Goethe-Institut London.
With special thanks to the Deutsche Kinemathek—Museum of Film and Television Berlin.
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