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German Film Series - Presented by Ackland Museum at Varisty Theater in Chapel Hill

Cary, NC
Post #: 357
German Film Series
Four films sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum and the Interdisciplinary Program in Cinema, UNC-Chapel Hill

What is the role of art in times of darkness? German artists, confronted with the urgency of this question during the second half of the twentieth century, saw art as a means to reflect upon catastrophic events. This series examines German filmmakers' responses to the incomprehensibility of violence, terror, and self-destruction that was associated with their national identity.

Free and open to the public.
For More information see the Ackland Museum website or the Varisty Theater website.

Germany, Pale Mother
(Helma Sanders-Brahms, 1980)
April 2, 7:00 PM
Varsity Theater, E. Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill

Germany: Pale Mother takes an unflinching look at the post-World War II experience of German women and children, and at their unique difficulties in reconciling their national identities with the atrocities that had been committed. Through vivid and sometimes surreal cinematic imagery, combined with actual footage from the period, Sanders-Brahms's investigates the origins of her adult sensibility—and that of a whole generation of other women—in the devastations of childhood memory.

Our Hitler
(Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, 1977)
April 9, 3:00 PM
Varsity Theater, E. Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill

One of the most aesthetically daring films about one of the most controversial figures of world history, Our Hitler examines the culture that made Hitler possible. In it, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg develops a new film aesthetic, using artificial sets, fragments of historical speeches, puppets, staged monologues, and an intensive engagement with the German musical tradition to reflect upon the catastrophic history of Germany.

Gabriel Trop, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, will give a pre-film talk at 2:15 PM. Meet in the Ackland Museum lobby.

Sugarbaby (Percy Adlon, 1985)
April 16, 7:00 PM
Varsity Theater, E. Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill

Sugarbaby is the first film in Percy Adlon's internationally influential trilogy of arthouse films that starred Marianne Sagebrecht, a doyenne of Munich avant-garde theatre since the 1970s. Engaging expressionistic traditions of German cinema and visual culture, and using comedy in surprising and unusual ways, Sugarbaby tells the story of a lonely, overweight mortician (Sagebrecht) who falls in love with a handsome younger subway conductor and then sets out to seduce him.

Lessons of Darkness (Werner Herzog, 1992)
April 30, 7:00 PM
Varsity Theater, E. Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill

Lessons of Darkness unlocks both the terrifying beauty and the apocalyptic horror inscribed in the landscape in the wake of the first Gulf War (1990-91). Although Werner Herzog's film ostensibly investigates the results of the United States' intervention in Iraq, it touches on the aesthetic and ideological complexities involved in any attempt to represent the effects of war--a project that cannot be seen outside of the context of Germany's own troubled past.
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