October 26, 2008 · 6:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
This Sunday, we're back at the Sundance Kabuki to watch Fraulein, a Swiss film set in Zurich that describes the uprooting of people and of their yearning at a time when more and more humanity is on the move between various cultures, religions and countries.
Joining us will be Graham Leggat, executive director of the SF Film Society to talk about the film and the Film Society (this film is screening at the SF Film Society Screen at the Sundance Kabuki)
We'll meetup for a quick bite/drink from 6pm at the Balcony Bar upstairs at the cinema, then go downstairs for the 7:15 film. Afterward, we'll gather to share impressions.
Das Fräulein, in Swiss German and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian with English subtitles - Watch trailer
“No one calls it Yugoslavia anymore.” The three women at the center of Andrea Staka’s feature debut don’t need a reminder that they come from a country that no longer exists—each carries the sorrow and longing that comes with such a heritage, though each carries it in a different way. Emir Kusturica regular Mirjana Karanovic plays fifty-something Ruza, who left Belgrade 25 years ago and now runs a cafeteria in Zurich, keeping her Serbian roots well hidden. Ruza works with Mila, an older Croatian who, unlike Ruza, longs to return to her beloved homeland. And Ana is the impulsive, itinerant young woman who has fled the war in Sarajevo and bursts into the quiet life Ruza and Mila have carefully cultivated in their little café, injecting her wild spirit into the joyless lives of these two women when she takes a job there. Staka’s background as a Swiss citizen of Bosnian and Croatian heritage informs this tender and insightful film that, in her own words, explores “displacement in our era.” Winner of both Best Film and Best Actress (for Mirjana Karanovic as Ana) at the Sarajevo Film Festival and the Golden Leopard at Locarno, Fraulein, says Jay Weissberg of Variety, is “a remarkably affecting work that doesn’t go for easy sentiment.” Film website: dasfraulein.ch
I have bought all the seats for this screening for our group, so if you try to buy it yourself, it will be sold out.
If you're joining last minute, call [masked] -Igor