By the Dike Sluice + Mühlheim/Ruhr + Ödenwaldstetten + A Working Men’s Club in Sheffield + Up the Danube
By the Dike Sluice
Nestler’s first film is an odd portrait of a seaside town, its inhabitants and its industry, told through the imagined voiceover of the town’s sluice.
West Germany 1962, 13 min, b/w, DCP, German with English subtitles. Directed by Peter Nestler. Written by Peter Nestler, Kurt Ulrich, Marianne Beutler. Narration by Robert Wolfgang Schnell.
An unsentimental portrait of a city in the Ruhr region set to music. Streets, faces, buildings and neighborhoods old and new, the factory towers and the pubs pass by fleetingly captured by Nestler’s lens, a document of what is no longer here.
West Germany 1964, 14 min, b/w, DCP. Directed by Peter Nestler.
Nestler traces the changes in a Swabian town during 1960s as a result of post-war industrialization. Slowly an image of a community emerges that becomes an encapsulation of Germany as a whole, with Nestler openly documenting the town’s Nazi past – a feat rarely done in those days.
West Germany 1964, 36 min, b/w, DCP, German with English subtitles. Directed by Peter Nestler.
A Working Men’s Club in Sheffield
The Dial House Working Men’s Club in Sheffield is at the center of this wonderful ode to the working class, with Nestler capturing both moments of work, and leisure; a time-capsule portrait of the northern city
West Germany 1965, 41 min, b/w, digital version, German with English subtitles. Directed by Peter Nestler.
Up the Danube
Peter and Zsóka Nestler travel up and down the Danube on a steamboat unearthing layered narratives of the ancient and the recent past creating a beautifully poetic document of filmed archeology.
West Germany 1968, 28 min, colour, DCP. Hungarian and German with English subtitles. Directed by Peter Nestler in collaboration with Zsóka Nestler.
This screening is part of the event series Neue Welt: Radical Visions in New German Cinema.