30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall - DEFA Classics Revisited
Freedom Inside the Walls
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Goethe-Institut Hongkong and the Hong Kong Arts Centre present a series of East German film classics. The German Democratic Republic (GDR)’s Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA) was founded as a state-owned film studio that produced films to educate former Nazis to become good socialists after the defeat of Germany in the Second World War. However, while DEFA officially produced
heroic propaganda films, there were also directors, with their distinct styles and methods of storytelling, creating an impressive body of works that took a critical gaze at the GDR government and society. German film expert Christina Schmidt on DEFA films will introduce the complex political and cultural backgrounds of East German filmmaking in that era, and how those filmmakers created new visions and realms of possibilities.
Christina Schmidt is now based in Berlin (Germany) and Bologna (Italy). She was born in Erfurt in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1963, and graduated with a degree in film studies, history and dramaturgy from Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Potsdam-Babelsberg (GDR). In 1988, she started working on television dramas and scriptwriting for the DEFA studio. Since 1991, she has become independent and has been teaching, writing, organising events and working on documentary and research projects about the history of DEFA and its films. She has published a book on East German cinema titled Al di là del Muro: Cinema e società nella Germania Est 1945-1990.
East Germany | 1981/1982 | 99' | In German with English subtitles | DCP | B&W13/1 (Sun) 2:00pm*
Ticket prices: $75/$60*
Screening of The Legend of Paul and Paula and Lecture on DEFA: $95/$76*
Tickets package (includes 1 ticket of all films and the lecture): $375
*20% off discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis. Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.
20% off discount to Goethe-Institut Hongkong’s students with a valid discount letter (Not applicable to internet and telephone booking)
20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.
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Co-Presented by Hong Kong Arts Centre and Goethe-Institut Hongkong