On Saturday, 4 July the Filmplus Festival of Film Editing and Montage is presenting a very special screening at the Filmforum in the Museum Ludwig within the framework of the Cologne Cinema Nights (Kölner Kino Nächte): the premiere of the new 4K restoration of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN, which is being screened in Cologne in a 2K DCP. This first part of the so-called BRD Trilogy looks at postwar West Germany through the eyes of a woman determined to take control of her life. Over the course of several years, the eponymous heroine, played by Hanna Schygulla, manages to adapt to the changing circumstances around her. At first her love for her absent husband remains the constant in her life but, as so often in Fassbinder’s work, finally gives way to disappointment. The artist director of the restoration process was the film’s original cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, and Juliane Lorenz, who edited the film together with its director and is the producer of the restored version, will be present at the screening. Tickets to the event cost 7 euros and can be reserved via the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org reservieren.
From 9 July to 30 September the Berlin cinema Zeughauskino is providing a supplement to the exhibition Homosexuality_ies at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in the form of a ramble through German Queer Cinema. The season includes two of Fassbinder’s films, which, however, do not tell stories of emancipation but show that homosexual relationships are ultimately determined by the same power relations as heterosexual ones. On 11 July THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT is being screened at 9 p.m. and on 14 August FOX AND HIS FRIENDS will be shown at 8 p.m., a film in which Fassbinder himself plays the lead role. Both films are being screened in 35 mm copies.
Filmforum in Museum Ludwig
THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN
Sat, 4 July, 7:00 p.m.
Unter den Linden 2
Tel: 030 20304421
THE BITTER TEARS OF DER PETRA VON KANT
Sat, 11 July, 9:00 p.m.
FOX AND HIS FRIENDS
Fri, 14 August, 8 p.m.
Photo left: THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN, © RWFF
Photo right: © Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin