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Tribute to Rainer Werner Fassbinder - Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)

GROTE ZAAL | Online €5 | Kassa €6

A lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm.

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.

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
A lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a much younger Arab worker (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies. In Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Fassbinder expertly wields the emotional power of classic Hollywood melodrama to expose the racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture.