Strong female figures in cinema
5th Festival of German Cinema

Marija © Bernhard Keller

STRONG FEMALE FIGURES IN CINEMA - In Conversation with Michael Koch and Degena

The weak woman, the emotional one, the helpless one. The list of stereotypical images of women is long, in film as well. Women are often the mere appendage of the man of action, or even worse, they highlight the heroism of the man through their role. Since the 1970s there has been an increase in the number of heroic female characters in film. Nevertheless, the figures are sobering. Most of the male figures still take things into their own hands. But how much “woman” is there in contemporary cinema? Do female directors depict women differently from male directors?
In cooperation with The One International Women's Film Festival, we will talk about the role of women in film with director Michael Koch (MARIJA) and director Degenas (A SIMPLE GOODBYE). How do they depict their female actors, and what does it mean to portray strong women in contemporary cinema?

Michael Koch © William Minke Born 1982 in Lucerne (Switzerland), Michael Koch studied from 2003–2008 at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and also worked as an actor. During this time he made the following short films: “We Are The Faithful” (2005), “Poolside” (2006) and “Polar” (2008). All three films were very successful at international festivals and won numerous awards. Polar received a Special Mention at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and the German Camera Award as well as the German Short Film Award 2009. After his studies he worked as a director for the theatre Kaserne Basel. Michael Koch celebrates the world premiere of his feature film debut Marija in International Competition at the Locarno Film Festival.

Born in Inner Mongolia, Degena studied Media Arts in Royal Holloway, University of London. After graduation, she continued her study in Beijing Film Academy in Directing. With A SIMPLE GOODBYE in 2005, Degena received The Spirit of Asia Award in the Asian Future competition of the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival and Best Screenplay Award in the 33th Torino Film Festival.




08:00 PM
White Night (WN)
In German and Chinese with consecutive translation
Guests: Michael Koch(Director "Marija") und Degena (Director "A Simple Goodbye"),Yi Dan (Professor for literature and Journalism of Sichuan University)
Hosted by poet Zhai Yongming
Free Admission