Film Screening Humphrey Jennings: Spare Time & Angela Schanelec

Schanelec Nachmittag Still: Nachmittag, Regisseurin Angela Schanelec

Thu, 13.09.2018

7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut London

The screening will be followed by a conversation between the season curator Patrick Holzapfel and Angela Schanelec.

Humphrey Jennings: Spare Time

The structure of Humphrey Jennings’ first truly free film is a small miracle of poetry. He films in three cities, each the location of a different industry: steel, cotton, and coal. He portrays the leisure activities of the English working class during the prewar period in all three cities. The propagandistic tendency in the film, made as a GPO Film Unit production, is undercut by a sustained sadness, reminding us of the fact that spare time is the time left after many hard hours of work.
UK 1939, b/w, 35mm, 15 min, English. Directed by Humphrey Jennings. Print Source: British Film Institute.

Angela Schanelec: Afternoon (Nachmittag)
Based on Anton Chekhov’s play „The Seagull“, Afternoon tells the story of a quest for belonging. The location is a beautiful house on a lake near Berlin, where, in the gentle summer heat, relationships languish, convulse, and dissolve. A sense of loss prevails, and finds its counterpart. Will this counterpart be recognized, understood, or misjudged? Austerely, precisely, a fragile vulnerability unfolds, slipping by as casually as a cooling breeze, yet determining lives. Rarely has a film seethed with so much tenderness.
Germany 2007, colour, 35mm, 97 min, German with English subtitles. Directed by Angela Schanelec. With Jirka Zett, Miriam Horwitz, Angela Schanelec, Fritz Schediwy, Mark Waschke, Agnes Schanelec, Katharina Linder. Print Source: Goethe-Institut, Rights: Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum for Film and Television, Berlin.

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This Screening is part of the retrospective "Always Somewhere Else - The Cinema of Angela Schanelec in Dialogue"