Film series

Part of the festival “The Aesthetics of Resistance – Peter Weiss 100”


Peter Weiss’s film work marks the transition from a surrealist interior view to an examination of social reality. However, Weiss’s documentary method maintains his individual perspective as well as his contradictions. Against this backdrop, the international film selection is dedicated to the relationship between aesthetic and political subjectivity with regard to resistance and social change.

Curated by Florian Wüst. In cooperation with Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art.

26.09., 20:00 / Arsenal 1
Der Hamburger Aufstand Oktober 1923, Klaus Wildenhahn, Gisela Tuchtenhagen, Reiner Etz, BRD 1971, 115 min. German

The film is about listening to the men and women who took part in the last attempt at an armed socialist revolution in Germany. The three-part “newsreel”, produced in 1971 at the dffb, shows the class war as ordinary experience. 
Afterwards: Public discussion with Maurice Taszman / Moderation: Florian Wüst

27.09., 20:00 / Arsenal 1
Hägringen (The Disappeared), Peter Weiss, SE 1959, 80 min. Swedish with engl. ST

This experimental fiction film combines both of the key elements in Peter Weiss’s film work: the subjective-surreal approach and the documentary one. Using Stockholm as its example, the film shows a young man’s encounter with the big city.
Afterwards: Public discussion with Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss / Moderation: Florian Wüst

2.10., 20:30 / HAU1
Hat Wolff von Amerongen Konkursdelikte begangen?, Gerhard Friedl, DE/AT 2004, 73 min. German

An Exchange For Fire, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, UK 2013, 13 min. English

About the careers, quirks and crimes of the German business elite from the 20th century in relation to the Greece crisis–in their artistically sober way, both films present a striking image of finance capitalism and the unequal distribution of wealth and participation.
Afterwards: Public discussion with Anja Kirschner / Moderation: Florian Wüst

03.10., 19:30 / Arsenal 2
Short Film Programme: "Beyond Evidence"

Trembling Time, Yael Bartana, NL 2001, 6 min.
The Case of Joseph, Petra Bauer, SE 2003, 47 min. Schwedisch/German with engl. ST
Semra Ertan, Cana Bilir-Meier, DE/AT 2013, 7 min. German with engl. ST
Symbolic Threats, Mischa Leinkauf, Lutz Henke, Matthias Wermke, DE 2015, 15 min. English

Using the means of research, artistic distanciation, and intervention in public space, the short films in this programme examine the relation between state rituals, mass media, and populism, as well as structural racism and right-wing radicalism in Germany.
Afterwards: Public discussion with Lutz Henke / Moderation: Florian Wüst

4.10., 19:30 / Arsenal 2
Short Film Programme: "Traces of Violence"

La Estancia, Federico Adorno, PY 2014, 14 min.
Enligt lag, Hans Nordenström, Peter Weiss, SE 1957, 18 min. Swedish with German ST
La impresión de una guerra, Camilo Restrepo, CO/FR 2015, 26 min. Spanish with engl. ST
Posten Nr. 6, Steffi Wurster, DE 2016, 25 min. Russian with German ST

"Enligt lag" (In the Name of the Law) documents the youth prison in Uppsala. In addition, the programme takes a look at current traces of repression and war in Paraguay, Columbia and Moldava. 
Afterwards: Public discussion with Steffi Wurster / Moderation: Florian Wüst

07.10., 19:00 / HAU1
Duvarlar-Mauern-Walls, Can Candan, US 2000, 84 min. Turkish/English/German with German ST

In 1991 filmmaker Can Candan flew from the USA to Berlin in order to find out what effects the fall of the Berlin Wall had on Turkish immigrants living in the city.
Afterwards: Public discussion with Jana König, Elisabeth Steffen and Inga Turczyn / Moderation: Florian Wüst

11.10., 19:00 / Arsenal 2
Memorias del subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, CU 1968, 95 min. Spanish with English ST

The film tells the story of a bourgeois aspiring writer in revolutionary Havana in 1961. He observes the changes, trying to remember the old days and to understand the new ones. A profound reflection on the Cuban Revolution.

11.10., 21:00 / Arsenal 2
Short Film Programme: "Images of Change"

Secrets from the Street: No Disclosure, Martha Rosler, US 1980, 11 min. English
Somos +, Pedro Chaskel, Pablo Salas, CL 1985, 15 min. Spanisch with engl. ST
The Role of a Lifetime, Deimantas Narkevičius, LT 2003, 17 min. English
Ici rien, Daphne Hérétakis, FR/GR 2011, 30 min. Griechisch with engl. ST

San Francisco, Santiago, Athens – the streets of the city were and are places and signs of struggles around social, economic and political change. What images emerge in this and who is represented by whom?
Afterwards: Public discussion with Daphne Hérétakis / Moderation: Florian Wüst

17.10., 19:00 / Arsenal 1
The Anatomy of Violence, Peter Davis, UK/CA 1967, 30 min. English
Afsan's Long Day (The Young Man Was, Part 2), Naeem Mohaiemen, BD 2014, 40 min. English

Both films deal with the question of violence and resistance in the history of the radical left. Peter Davis documents the congress on the Dialectics of Liberation, which took place in London in July 1967, while Naeem Mohaiemen compares the political tumult in Bangladesh during the 1970s to the German Autumn.

17.10., 21:00 / Arsenal 1
The Ugly One, Eric Baudelaire, FR 2013, 101 min.  Arabic/French/English with engl. ST

"The Ugly One" is based on a script by the Japanese filmmaker Masao Adachi, who lived underground in Beirut for over two decades. Using the story of Lili (Juliette Navis) and Michel (Rabih Mroué) Baudelaire examines terrorism, remorse and the irresolvable political situation in the Middle East.

18.10., 20:00 / Arsenal 1
Factory Complex, IM Heung-soon, KR 2014, 95 min. Korean with engl. ST

"Factory Complex" shows the exploitation of unskilled women workers in South Korea’s textile and electronics industries during the 1970s. Alternating between documentary and art, the film won the Silver Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Afterwards: Public discussion with Sun-ju Choi / Moderation: Florian Wüst

Films at HAU

2.10.2016, 20:30 / HAU1
Hat Wolff von Amerongen Konkursdelikte begangen?

An Exchange for Fire

7.10.2016, 19:00 / HAU1
Duvarlar - Mauern - Walls

28.9.–8.10., HAU1
Alex Gerbaulet & Mareike Bernien

Tiefenschärfe / Depth of Field


  • Past
    Mon 26.9.2016, 20:00 / HAU1
    Tue 27.9.2016, 20:00 / HAU1
    Mon 3.10.2016, 19:30 / HAU1
    Tue 4.10.2016, 19:30 / HAU1
    Tue 11.10.2016, 19:00 / HAU1
    Tue 11.10.2016, 21:00 / HAU1
    Mon 17.10.2016, 19:00 / HAU1
    Mon 17.10.2016, 21:00 / HAU1
    Tue 18.10.2016, 20:00 / HAU1


A project by HAU Hebbel am Ufer in cooperation with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation within “The Aesthetics of Resistance – Peter Weiss 100“, ein Festival des HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

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