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Co-Presented by 【Hong Kong Arts Centre】and【Goethe-Institut Hongkong】
30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall - DEFA Classics Revisited
@Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Freedom Inside the Walls
10 – 13 January 2019
Tickets are available at URBTIX now

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall,  Hong Kong Arts Centre and Goethe-Institut Hongkong co-presents moving image programme 30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall - DEFA Classics Revisited which will take place from 10 to 13 January 2019 at the Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre. The programme presents a series of East German film classics from The German Democratic Republic (GDR)’s Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft (DEFA). DEFA was founded as a state-owned film studio, which officially produced heroic propaganda films to turn former Nazis into good socialists after the defeat of Germany in the Second World War. While producing the films, directors, with their distinct styles and methods of storytelling, had created an impressive body of works that took a critical but inspiring gaze at the GDR government and society.

Among the six movies, Trace of Stones was based on one of the most popular novels in East Germany. While the film was banned after the film’s brief run in theatres in the 1960s, it saw the light of day again after the fall of the Berlin Wall and went on to win a FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlinale. Her Third tells the determination of not succumbing to another cliché pigeonholing women. It was almost banned for a scene that was considered mildly erotic. The Legend of Paul and Paula is an enchanting plea for the right to individual happiness, even in a socialist state. The film was a big hit in the GDR until it was banned later. Solo Sunny was based on the true story of a Crimean Tatar orphan, an outcast in the GDR, which accentuates the sense of displacement of individuals in the GDR. It was the top-grossing film in East Germany since The Legend of Paul and Paula. Made in an experimental manner with a low budget, Apprehension is considered by critics to be East Germany’s greatest woman’s film with its documentary-like realism. It was a box office hit when it was first released. While the last movie, Herzsprung, is one of the last handful of films produced by DEFA before the studio closed down after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Its tragic mixed-race romance recalls that of Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1974), and is similarly intense and fierce.

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.

This programme also has a special offer of tickets package for film fans, which includes one ticket for each of the six film and the lecture at a price of HK$375. The package and individual tickets are available at URBTIX now.

30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall - DEFA Classics Revisited
@ Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

More info: https://www.hkac.org.hk/calendar_detail/?u=i3wVwkplTmI
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