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RW FASSBINDER 20 MON 15 MAY FRI 19 MAY 18:20 NFT2 18:15 NFT3 SAT 13 MAY SUN 14 MAY THU 18 MAY 16:10 NFT3 20:30 NFT2 18:15 NFT1 SUN 14 MAY WED 17 MAY 17:20 NFT3 20:40 NFT3 book online at bfi.org.uk In a Year with 13 Moons In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden W Germany 1978. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John. 124min. Digital 4K. EST. 18 This devastating elegy for doomed love is dedicated to Fassbinder’s lover Armin Meier, who had recently committed suicide. Elvira (Spengler), a lonely transsexual, embarks on a melancholy odyssey through modern Frankfurt, reviewing the various failed relationships of her life. A dark cinematic tapestry interwoven with sinister fairy tales, anecdotes of despair, quotations from Schopenhauer and music of all kinds. The Third Generation Die dritte Generation W Germany 1979. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Volker Spengler, Bulle Ogier, Hanna Schygulla, Udo Kier. 110min. Digital 4K. EST. 15 Against the dystopian backdrop of West Berlin, a group of bourgeois activists style themselves as terrorists, although they lack any real political motivation. Unwittingly, they play into the hands of capitalists who, in Fassbinder’s view, use terrorism to justify repression and safeguard their own interests. While very much of its time, this colourful, cacophonous farce speaks urgently to ours. The Marriage of Maria Braun Die Ehe der Maria Braun W Germany 1978. Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder. With Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Elisabeth Trissenaar. 120min. Digital. EST. 15 With a blazing star performance from Hanna Schygulla in the title role, this was Fassbinder’s greatest critical and commercial success. It’s the ‘everywoman’ tale of Maria Braun, whose wartime marriage lasts less than one day before her husband is sent to the front. When he fails to return in 1945, she struggles to rebuild her life through a formidable mixture of talent, energy and seductive power. This was the ‘German Hollywood film’ Photo: Arrow Films Fassbinder had longed to make, truly entertaining yet subversively honest. It was widely understood as a savage indictment of the German ‘economic miracle’, but Fassbinder offers something altogether more nuanced: a fascinating insight into the murky compromises of his parents’ generation. Also available on


BFI SB Guide May Page Turner
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