Next screening is a film by a young emerging talent, a member of the so-called Berlin School, Angela Schanelec, and is based on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. 

NACHMITTAG – AFTERNOON
2007, 97 min., dir. A. Schanelec, starring Jirka Zett, Miriam Horwitz, German with English subtitles 

DATE: 10 MARCH

TIME: 5.00 p.m.

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

About the film:
After a long absence, the actor Irene visits her lakeside house where her brother Alex and her son Konstantin live. It is a hot summer. Konstantin’s girlfriend Agnes is also there, spending the summer break at her family’s house next door. Konstantin and Agnes grew up together. Agnes is now at university; Konstantin writes and hasn’t left his home by the lake. But when they see each other again, things are no longer the same, and every doubt is mercilessly exposed. Into this confusion enters Irene. Mother and son’s common past repeats itself as a futile struggle for recognition, fought with irony and aggression. The relationship is over, but the loss is unbearable. Irene summons her lover for consolation. Konstantin goes to pieces. But his girlfriend takes a liking this lover; he eases her heart. He liberates her a little, and she begins to forget Konstantin. 

One of the emerging talents of young German filmmaking (the so-called “Berlin School”), Schanelec has ever since her debut film Marseille, presented in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2004, been portraying the submerged pain that leads to the breakdown of a family with profound empathy. In her own words:

“Nachmittag was written with The Seagull in mind, of what it means to me. Two years pass in Chekhov, here only a few hours, three summer days, just one afternoon in which everything happens”, said the director. “I thought of the mother-son relationship, and of the variety of tones of love that flow alongside personal ruin and the void. Each of us reflects the others, and we are beautiful or ugly on the basis of this”. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

For further details please contact:   

Dr Marion Pape
Head German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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