Next screening is a film by acclaimed German director Christian Petzold (Yella, Barbara) – about the pain of growing up 

2005, 85 min., dir. Christian Petzold, co-written Harun Farocki, starring Julia Hummer, Sabine Timotheo, Benno Fürmann, English subtitles 


TIME: 17h00

VENUE: Howard College, MTB North Wing 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251 

About the film:
The middle film in Christian Petzold’s Gespenster Trilogy (buffered by Die Innere Sicherheit / The State I am In from 2000, and Yella from 2007) is another intimate drama about lost souls living emotionally numb lives, although what’s unique in Gespenster are the two unrelated stories that gradually converge and affect each other, as well as a nihilistic tone that ensures whatever hope for a resolution is undone by characters that are too trapped in their own narrow pathways to look clearly, and see the opportunities that lie ahead.

Françoise keeps going back to Berlin. Each time, she hopes to somehow find her daughter who was abducted there years ago. Her compassionate husband Pierre has once again come to patiently stand by her.

Nina is a vulnerable girl, alone in the world except for the social workers at the home for problem teenagers. She finds an ally in reckless Toni, a tough young woman who grabs what she wants to survive. Together they experience a fleeting moment of intimacy, an instant of happiness.

During her desperate search across the city, Françoise comes across Nina. The resemblance is uncanny. She has the same scar on her ankle… 

Director Christian Petzold draws his characters in a few, intensive scenes. He approaches them gently, aware of their vulnerability and careful not to expose it. The film composes a mosaic of three women; their inapproachability, their transitoriness, their longings, which turn into sudden moments of great intimacy. 

No fees! All welcome! 

For further details please contact:
Dr Marion Pape
German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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