|A Still cut from the film "Locked Up Time" /Courtesy of DEFA Stiftung and Michael Loewenberg|
By Kim Se-jeong
The Goethe-Institute Korea will feature 13 female German film directors who made themselves stand out during periods of political turmoil at a film screening event from Aug. 20 to Sept.1 at the Korean Film Archive (KOFA) in Seoul. KOFA is the co-organizer of the event.
Twelve films, including documentaries, were chosen for the occasion. They were filmed between 1968 and 1999, a period when Germany was divided between the democratic West and communist East and reunified in 1990. The political situation affected the female directors in one way or the other and their professional and personal experiences are reflected in their works.
In the documentary "Locked Up Time (1991)", for example, director Sibylle Schoenemann investigates what happened when she was detained in 1984 in East Berlin after applying for a permit to move into Hamburg in West Germany.
She attempts to find the reason for her detention, visiting the prison she was sent to, trying to find people who knew her and speaking to them. The director Schoenemann will meet the audience after the screening on Aug. 24 and take questions about the work and her life.
The film festival will also be a rare opportunity to show different film-making techniques applied by the eastern and western directors.
The other movies being featured are "The Cat Has Nine Lives (1968)" by Ula Stoeckl, "The Dove on the Roof (1973)" by Iris Gusner, "Under the Pavement Lies the Strand (1975)" by Helma Sanders-Brahms, "The All-Round Reduced Personality ― Redupers (1978)" by Helke Sanders, "I Often Think of Hawaii (1978)" by Elfi Mikesch, "Is This Fate? (1979)" by Helga Reidemeister, "The German Sisters (1981)" by Margarethe von Trotta, "The Bicycle (1982)" by Evelyn Schmidt, "Winter Ade (1988)" by Helke Misselwitz, "Never Sleep Again (1992)" by Pia Frankenberg and "Under my Skin (1999)" by Crescentia Duensser and Martina Doecker.
Admission is free and for more information, visit https://www.goethe.de/ins/kr/ko/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21626800