SCREENING WORK UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE FRIDAY 10 – SATURDAY 11 JULY 2015 At Screening Work, students, academics and interested members of the public were invited to explore, through subtitled film screenings and talks, the changing depiction of work in German-language moving image culture. Filmmaker Carmen Losmann attended the symposium and presented her award-winning film Work Hard Play Hard (2011). Distinguished speakers included the film theorist and critic Professor Gertrud Koch (Freie … Read more
This uncompromising tale of unlikely love between two second generation Turkish families sees Cahit enter into a marriage of convenience with Sibel, after having met through their mutual desire to commit suicide. Cahit’s subsequent imprisonment and Sibel’s flight to Istanbul probes ideas of belonging in this tale of identity, loss and love. In association with Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network. Director: Fatih Akin Germany, 2004, 121 min, … Read more
The first full-length feature by feminist activist and documentarist Helke Sander, REDUPERS takes the temperature of West German sexual and social politics ten years on from the student revolts of 1968. Set in divided Berlin, the film uses the form of the film essay to reflect on parallels between the fractured life of its single mother and photographer protagonist Edda, and the traumatic divide that separates the city’s east and … Read more
Wolfgang Staudte’s film is a realistic portrayal of a German man and woman learning to live and love again among flattened buildings and spiritual emptiness. The first film to be made in Germany after the Second World War, it is worth seeing for the footage of Berlin ruins alone. But it is also a brave and nuanced exploration of German guilt, released only two weeks after the Nuremberg trials indicted … Read more
FILM SEASON: MEMORIES OF A NATION As part of its season to accompany the exhibition Germany: Memories of a Nation, the British Museum, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London and the German Screen Studies Network, presents four key films exploring Germany’s social, cultural and cinematic history. F W Murnau’s last German film, and a late masterpiece of Expressionism, Faust is a showcase for the striking visual effects of Weimar cinema … Read more
The second GSSN symposium was held at the University of Leeds from 9 to 11 September 2014. Organised by Dr Chris Homewood, and PhD coordinators Rachel Greene and Luke Postlethwaite, this event looked at ways of understanding transnational cinemas through the careers of German-speaking stars past and present, including Emil Jannings, Pola Negri, Daniel Brühl and Sibel Kikelli. Full programme here.
The first GSSN Symposium, ‘The Return of the Real — Realism and Everyday Life in Contemporary German-language Film,’ was held at King’s College London from 3 to 5 July 2013. The event established a model for future symposia, with a mix of screenings, keynote speeches and informal panels, as well as a postgraduate workshop and a filmmaker workshop. The founding organising committee comprised Martin Brady, Erica Carter, Florian Lippert, Andre … Read more