A spotlight on Berlin’s post-punk movement and one of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s most iconic works are among films to be screened in Glasgow in the coming weeks as part of the first Fokus: Films from Germany festival.
The event, organised by Glasgow’s Goethe Institut and the Filmhouse in Edinburgh, will be taking place across Scotland in November and December, with five screenings to take place at Glasgow Film Theatre November 24-December 2.
The five films being shown in Glasgow are:
A two-hour, single take story of a night out in Berlin gone wrong. It’s directed by ‘Run Lola Run’ actor-turned-director Sebastian Schipper and was popular with critics at 2015 Berlin film festival Berlinale.
Tuesday November 24.
‘B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin 1979–1989’
A documentary on the post-punk scene in the walled-in area of West Berlin, this film is narrated by cult hero and Mancunian musician Mark Reeder who moved to the city at the end of the 70s. Appearances by the likes of Nick Cave, Tilda Swindon and Muriel Gray are complemented by a soundtrack featuring Westbam, Malaria!, Einstürzende Neubauten and more.
Wednesday November 25.
This 2013 film directed by Frauke Finsterwalder features four interwoven tales including a school trip to a former concentration camp, a forest hermit raising a baby raven and a snobby couple on a road-trip, and highlights the fine line between kindness and barbarity.
Sunday November 29.
‘Fox and His Friends’
One of the most highly-regarded films from legendary New Cinema director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this 1975 film sees him taking the lead role as Franz, an unemployed showman and prostitute whose fortunes change after he wins the lottery. He takes on a new circle of friends, including the manipulative Eugen who starts to exploit the main character both emotionally and financially.
Tuesday December 1.
Set in the 18th century, ‘Die geliebten Schwestern’ tells the story of two aristocratic sisters. When they meet writer, playwright and philosopher Friedrich Schiller, he becomes infatuated by the both of them and takes both on as his mistresses in the wake of social and political upheaval in France on the eve of the Revolution.
Wednesday December 2.
See more film in Glasgow from Time Out.