Jessica Hausner, Germany/ Luxembourg/ Austria 2014
feature film, 96 min, color, gv
Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin's insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich's subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. AMOUR FOU is a "romantic comedy" based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811. (http://www.amourfoufilm.com)
After the screening Q&A with Katharina Wöppermann and Jessica Hausner.
Hermine Huntgeburth, Germany 1991
feature film, 79 min, color, 35mm, gv
Black comedy about a lucrative business. Grandmother, mother and daughter live together in a love-hate-relationship and run their business with divided responsibilities: via marriage ads they are looking for candidates. It’s the daughter that gets dressed and styled according to the new mission: no matter if vamp or tree-hugger she twists the men around her little finger until they clear their accounts from all the savings. The money ends up in coffee tins stored in grandma’s fridge. But where do the men end up when they discover the secret of the trio?
After the screening Q&A with Katharina Wöppermann and Hermine Huntgeburth.
Shirin Neshat, Germany/ Austria/ France 2009
feature film, 95 min, color, ogs
Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1498887/)
After the screening Q&A with Katharina Wöppermann and cinematographer Martin Gschlacht (inquired).