Films 2020

Paris Calligrammes

Runtime:
129 min.
Year of Production:
2019
Country:
Germany, France
Director:
Production Company:
Berlinale Section:
Special
Berlinale Category:
Documentary Film

From a topographic perspective, Ulrike Ottinger’s cinema is mostly located between Berlin and remote places in the Far East or the Far North. In Paris Calligrammes, she explores the landscape of her memories of the city that she called home for 20 years and that helped shape her beginnings as a painter and filmmaker. Ottinger moved to Paris in her twenties and immersed herself in the cultural scene of the 1950s populated by heroes of the avant-garde and a new generation of artists and intellectuals. Meandering between bookshops, concert halls, theatres, cinemas, museums and cafés, Ottinger presents her personal pantheon, and at the same time maps a decisive era both in art – as Dada and Surrealism gave way to Situationism and Pop Art – and in politics where, in-between post-war hopes, the Algerian conflict and the student movements of 1968, there was much to discuss. Nonetheless, the film maintains its intimate stance throughout, assembling a rich and emotionally charged repertoire of film clips, news reports, photos and songs with the same meticulous affection that people used to stick newspaper clippings and photos in a diary so they could write around them.

BIOGRAFIE Ulrike Ottinger

Born in Konstanz, Germany in 1942. She worked as a painter and photographer in Paris from 1962-1968. She founded the “Visuell” film club in Konstanz in 1969, and led it until 1972; she also founded “galeriepress” art gallery and press. She has lived in Berlin since 1973. Alongside her film work she also produces operas and theatre and is present on the international scene with photo exhibitions.

FILMOGRAFIE Ulrike Ottinger (selection)

2019 Paris Calligrammes  2016 Chamissos Schatten  2012 Ulrike Ottinger - die Nomadin vom See  2011 Unter Schnee  2008 Die Koreanische Hochzeitruhe  2007 Prater  2004 12 Stühle  2002 Südostpassage  1997 Exil Shanghai  1992 Taiga. Eine Reise ins nördliche Land der Mongolen  1990 Countdown  1989 Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia  1987 Usinimage  1986 Superbia  1985 China. Die Künste  1984 Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse  1981 Freak Orlando  1979 Bildnis einer Trinkerin  1977 Madame X - Eine absolute Herrscherin   1975 Die Betörung der Blauen Matrosen  1973 Laokoon & Söhne  1973 Berlinfieber 

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Interview with Ulrike Ottinger on 'Paris Calligrammes'
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