This year marks the thirtieth anniversary not only of Fassbinder’s death but also of the Munich Film Festival, which runs from June 29 to July 7. The festival’s director, Diana Iljine, sees this shared anniversary as an “opportunity to present a very special homage commemorating perhaps the most significant filmmaker produced by German cinema since the 1930s. The title ‘The Tenderness of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’ has been chosen as a deliberate contradiction of the widespread cliché of the enfant terrible and to remind filmgoers that Fassbinder’s films include moments that number among the most tender ever brought to the screen.” The series of films comprising the homage is linked to the retrospective entitled “Fassbinder’s Munich” being shown at the Munich Film Museum from April to June. The cinema at St.-Jakobs-Platz 1 will screen:
- July 3, 10:30 p:m. LOLA
- July 4, 7 p.m. IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS
- July 5, 5:30 p.m. THE THIRD GENERATION
- July 5, 5:30 p.m. THE LAST TRIP TO HARRISBURG
- July 5, 8:30 p.m. SHADOW OF ANGELS
- July 6, 5:30 p.m. MOTHER KUSTER’S TRIP TO HEAVEN
- July 6, 10:30 p.m. DESPAIR
- July 7, 2 p.m. THE CINEMA AND ITS DOUBLE – RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER’S ‘DESPAIR’ REVISITED (Robert Fischer’s 2011 documentary in CinemaxX 4)
Guests of honor presenting the individual films include Ingrid Caven, Udo Kier and the American director Todd Haynes, whose work will also be the subject of a retrospective.
The festival will also include a lecture by the Danish author and filmmaker Christian Braad Thomsen entitled “Love is Stronger than Death,” which will provide an original and informed perspective on the phenomenon of Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The lecture will include excerpts from previously unseen video interviews that Braad Thomsen, author of the standard work “Rainer Werner Fassbinder: The Life and Work of a Provocative Genius,” conducted with Fassbinder in 1972 and 1978.
Sonntag, July 1, 2:30 p.m. / Gasteig library auditorium / free admission
More information on the Filmfest München.
Photo right: Dirk Bogarde and RWF during a break in filming DESPAIR, 1978 © Fiction Factory