Director: Frauke Finsterwalder, colour, 95 min., 2012/13
This “Heimatfilm” (a sentimental film with regional background) portrays an equally enchanted and disenchanting world, and was one of the most exciting German feature film debuts of 2013. It is based on a screenplay by Christian Kracht, whose first novel was entitled Faserland (1995), a word that always seemed to be challenging its readers to pronounce it with a lisped “s” (i.e. the German pronunciation of the “th” sound), thus surreptitiously transforming the title into “Fatherland”. FINSTERWORLD may tie in neatly with Faserland, but the protagonists in Kracht’s novel ponder the aesthetic disaster that has befallen Germany at great length, whereas FINSTERWORLD is more a delicate, cautious declaration of hate for Germany.
Arthouse Cinema is the regular film program of the Goethe-Institut. In Bandung, every Thursday at the end of the month we screen independent movies, avant-garde movies, retrospectives, experimental films or documentary films from Europe – anything but the mainstream.