Ulrike Ottinger, Filmmaker

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 5:00pm

Small Theater of The World: Ulrike Ottinger in conversation

A film retrospective featuring works by Ulrike Ottinger, followed by a public conversation with the artist.

Ulrike Ottinger grew up in Konstanz, Germany and has lived and worked in Berlin since 1973. Her first screenplay, Die Mongolische Doppelschublade (The Mongolian Double-Drawer), was written in 1969. Since the early 1970's Ottinger has directed over 20 films, including feature-length dramatic works and experimental documentaries. Films such as Madame X and Freak Orlando present Ottinger's interest in outsider histories and dominant myths in contemporary society. Her work has explored both Berlin, her current city of residence, as well as Asia and other sites around the world with this transgressive perspective. Ottinger is one of only a handful of female directors in Europe to have achieved international acclaim. Her films have been shown at festivals and museums around the world, including the Venice Biennale, the Cinematheque francaise in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Matinee screening of works including Twelve Chairs (198 minutes, 2004), The Korean Wedding Chest (82 minutes, 2008), Taiga A Journey to Northern Mongolia (501 minutes, 1991/2), and Exil Shanghai (275 minutes, 1997)

Evening screening of Still Moving (29 minutes, 2009) and Prater (104 minutes, 2007)

Presentation by Ulrike Ottinger, followed by public conversation with Kaja Silverman (University of Pennsylvania), Patricia White (Swarthmore College), and Homay King (Bryn Mawr College), moderated by Nora Alter (Temple University)

This program has been organized by Nora Alter, Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University, and is made possible in part through the generous support of Temple University Department of Film and Media Arts; the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania; Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College; the Department of History of Art at Bryn Mawr College; and the Society of Friends of the Slought Foundation.

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