Double Bill in collaboration with Goethe Institut Ottawa, both films in German with English Subtitles
The All-Round Reduced Personality (Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit) By: Helke Sander, b/w, 98 min., 1978
4pm, Club SAW
West Berlin, 1977: Eda Chiemnyjewski, an unmarried mother working as a freelancer for some local newspapers soon finds out that "a cook has no time to occupy herself with state affairs". Her point of view involving a photo project on West Berlin is already an act of tightrope walking.
The All-Round Reduced Personality (Die allseitig reduzierte Persönlichkeit) is reckoned as the first feminist film in Germany and proved a great success at the International Young Film Forum in Berlin in 1978. It is anything but a tearful lament on the situation of a woman who pays for her independence by restricting her other needs in life, her political and private interests and plans, to an absolute minimum.
"B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979-1989" Director: Jörg A.Hoppe, Klaus Maeck & Heiko Lange, 2015, Germany, 92 min. With Mark Reeder, Blixa Bargeld, Gudrun Gut, Nick Cave, Nena, Tilda Swinton.
8pm SAW Courtyard
“Highly engaging documentary about Berlin's vibrant post-punk underground scene.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Music, art and chaos in the wild West Berlin of the 1980s: the walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub and pop culture. Before the Wall fell, everything and anything seemed possible. B-Movie is a fast-paced collage of mostly unreleased film and TV footage from a frenzied, but creative, decade, starting with punk and ending with the Love Parade, in a city where the days are short and the nights are long.
“Westbam, Nick Cave, David Bowie: West Berlin in the 80s had them all. The documentary B-Movie travels back to this creative melting pot – and looks at it from the perspective of an outsider.“ – Der Spiegel
“In one scene Blixa Bargeld says to a British TV journalist that it would be impossible “to show the essence of Berlin on film”. Thirty years later, B-Movie proves him wrong.” – Die Zeit