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Tribute to Rainer Werner Fassbinder - The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)

GROTE ZAAL | Online €5 | Kassa €6

This is a true Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography.

During October we’ll have a tribute to director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, one of the most important figures in the New German Cinema. Fassbinder maintained a frenetic pace of filmmaking in a professional career that lasted less than fifteen years. Underlying Fassbinder's work was a desire to provoke and disturb. His phenomenal creative energy coexisted with a wild, self-destructive libertinism that earned him a reputation as the enfant terrible of the New German Cinema, as well as being its central figure. His pictures demonstrate his deep sensitivity to social outsiders and his hatred of institutionalized violence. He ruthlessly attacked both German bourgeois society and the larger limitations of humanity.

This film is in German with English subtitles.

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
Balances a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theater. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer and a beautiful but icy ingénue, is based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director’s own desperate obsession with a young actor. This is a true Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast.