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The State We're In: The Films of the Berliner Schule

Friday, November 22, 2013 – Saturday, November 23, 2013

Deutsches Haus at NYU

Opening panel discussion: November 22, 7:00pm

In conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art‘s film series The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule (November 20–December 6), Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a two-day conference, The State We're In: The Films of the Berliner Schule, about the Berlin School. The conference will feature four panel discussions among filmmakers, academics, and other film experts. The panels will explore a variety of topics relating to the filmmakers of the Berliner Schule and their work, including their concept of realism, their writings on film, their vision of cinema, genre, and cinematography, the representation of the former GDR, and the influence and future of the school.

The following filmmakers will participate in the conference: Thomas Arslan, Benjamin Heisenberg, Christoph Hochhäusler, Ulrich Köhler, Christian Petzold, and Angela Schanelec. Cinematographer Reinhold Vorschneider will also participate. The panels will be moderated by Marco Abel, associate professor of English and film studies at the University of Nebraska; Katja Nicodemus, film critic (Die Zeit); and Fatima Naqvi, associate professor in the department of Germanic, Russian and East European Languages and Literatures at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Conference schedule:
November 22, 7:00pm: Germany after 1989: Insights into a Society in Transition
Speakers: Christoph Hochhäusler, Ulrich Köhler, Angela Schanelec
Moderator: Marco Abel
November 23:
10:30am: Watching, Writing, Shooting: Cinema as Inspiration
Speakers: Benjamin Heisenberg and Thomas Arslan 
Moderator: Katja Nicodemus

1:30pm: To Film Light Itself
Speakers: Angela Schanelec, Reinhold Vorschneider 
Moderator: Marco Abel

3:45pm: Ghost Stories and the Exploration of the East
Speaker: Christian Petzold  
Moderator: Fatima Naqvi   
The State We're In: The Films of the Berliner Schule is sponsored by the DAAD. Additional generous support is provided by Lufthansa and by German Films. Deutsches Haus at NYU is also extremely grateful to Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art; Anke Leweke, independent film critic; and Sophie Cavoulacos, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, for their invaluable support.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free of charge. Please let us know which event you would like to attend by sending us an email to Space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event. Thank you.

(Photo credit: Barbara. 2012. Germany. Directed by Christian Petzold. Christian Schulz. © Schramm Film. Courtesy Schramm Film.)