The name Roland Klick (b. 1939) stands for a cinema that is emotionally and visually intense, character-led and action-packed. Known for a tumultuous career and cult classics like Deadlock and White Star with Dennis Hopper, Klick also made Supermarket (1974), a gritty genre drama about a small time crook set in Hamburg, considered by some to be his masterpiece.
Christoph Schlingesief (1960 – 2010) packed many lives into one. Active in film, theatre, opera, radio, and TV, he stirred up debate and controversy in culture and politics. He insisted on people taking notice of social issues such as the situation of asylum seekers (Foreigners Out! from 2002) and challenged political structures by founding a political party in which anyone could be a candidate (Chance 2000 from 1998). He would often put himself centre-stage, dealing and receiving blows, and remained a tireless and relentless agitator and communicator until his early death from cancer aged 49.
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Coming from theatre, Berlin-based director Angela Schanelec (b. 1962) has pursued a uniquely independent path for over 20 years. Her films often revolve around characters who are searching for something, who are adrift or driven by an impulse. We are invited to observe them as they are trying to make sense of relations and changes, take inexplicable actions. Given the time to pay attention to every detail, we are presented with riddles and gaps and are rewarded with an awareness of our own thoughts and senses.
In 2018 the Goethe-Institut London dedicated a retrospective to her, titled Always Somewhere Else – The Films of Angela Schanelec in Dialogue.
Irene von Alberti and Frieder Schlaich have been a steady and productive presence in German cinema for decades. After starting the Filmgalerie 451 as a video rental shop in Stuttgart in 1987, they moved into making, producing and distributing films and are now based in Berlin. Working with filmmakers such as Heinz Emigholz, Christoph Schlingensief, or Angela Schanelec, and distributing work by directors like Werner Schroeter (and also by many young unknown filmmakers) on DVD, they have stayed clear of the mainstream. Two of Irene von Alberti’s films can be found in our little Berlin section (see above). Among the films directed by Frieder Schlaich available on demand are his two films about the fate of migrants from Latin America, 'Cause I Have the Looks (Weil ich Schöner Bin, 2012) and Naomi’s Journey (Naomis Reise, 2017). Both of these films have strong women at their centre as does his portrait of the great photographers Grete Stern and Ellen Auberbach The Third Eye (Das Dritte Auge, 1991 - 1995).