In June three seasons of film are offering the opportunity to become better acquainted in different ways with the work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Until the end of month the Dryden Theater in New York’s venerable George Eastman House is screening three of Fassbinder’s films in 35mm. The season comprises MOTHER KÜSTERS GOES TO HEAVEN, SATAN’S BREW and FEAR OF FEAR and is being presented in collaboration with the LGBT festival “ImageOut.”
The “Zerkalo” Film Festival, named in honor of the Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky, has been held annually in the cities of Ivanovo and Plyos since 2007. The program for this year’s festival includes a section titled “Fassbinder and his Time,” which concentrates on Germany and German identity and includes VERONIKA VOSS as well as films by Uwe Brandner, Tankred Dorst, Margarethe von Trotta and Rudolf Thome. The festival runs from 9 to 15 June.
Fassbinder is also being honored in the Russian capital. Although the Moscow International Film Festival, which runs from 19 to 26 June, is only showing one of the director’s films, EFFI BRIEST, it is being accompanied by an interesting program addressing RWF’s work. The section “About Fassbinder,” which has been curated by the film critic Mikhail Ratgauz, is divided into three blocks. These are made up of films that influenced RWF, documentaries made about him, and films directed by colleagues such as Jean-Marie Straub and Werner Schroeter. Several of the films are being shown in Russia for the first time. The opening of the series will be attended by Juliane Maria Lorenz.
George Eastman House
900 East Ave, Rochester
New York 14607
Thurs, 11 June, 8 p.m.: MOTHER KÜSTERS GOES TO HEAVEN
Thurs, 18 June, 8 p.m.: FEAR OF FEAR
Thurs, 25 June, 7 p.m.: SATAN’S BREW
Photo left: FONTANE EFFI BRIEST, © RWFF
Photo right: © Zerkalo