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Let's Talk about "Paula:" A Conversation among Ingelore Koenig, Fatima Naqvi, and Noah Isenberg

Saturday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.

Deutsches Haus at NYU

As part of KINO!, Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a conversation among Ingelore Koenig, the film's producer, Fatima Naqvi, Professor of German and Film Studies at Rutgers University, and Noah Isenberg, Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

Ingelore Koenig is a German film producer and author. After her studies of philosophy at Humboldt University, Berlin, Ingelore König collaborated on numerous research programs and projects in the fields of media education as well as film and television studies. As author and editor she was involved in the production of standard publications on children’s and young adult’s film. In June 2000, she was appointed CEO of Kinderfilm GmbH. She is the producer of, among others, the award winning features Blindflyers (German Film Prize in Gold 2004) and Stella and the Star of the Orient (Children’s Film Festival Chicago 2008) as well as the TV movie Second Hand Child (AFI Fest, Los Angeles 2004). After 12 years of producing films and TV series for children the time had come to realize stories for young adults and adults. Fascinated by the fine artist Paula Modersohn-Becker Ingelore König established the label Grown Up Films – as a division of Kinderfilm GmbH. Paula is the first movie produced by this new label, in coproduction with Pandora Film (Germany) and Alcatraz Films (France). Since its theatrical release in December 2016 Paula has sold over 300.000 tickets in German cinemas. Currently Ingelore Koenig is working on an apocalyptic female buddy movie, called Endzeit (in preparation).

Noah Isenberg is Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts in New York City, where he also directs the Screen Studies program. The author of Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), his other books include Detour (British Film Institute, 2008), and Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Columbia, 2009). His new book We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie, was recently published by W.W. Norton (and by Faber in the UK). In support of his work, he has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies in Vienna, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He serves as book review editor of Film Quarterly, is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and was awarded a 2015-2016 NEH Public Scholar research grant. His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as: The Nation, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, Times Literary Supplement, Bookforum, New York Review Daily, Film Comment, The Paris Review Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Criterion Collection, The Threepenny Review, Film Quarterly, New German Critique, Partisan Review, Raritan, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. From 1995-2004, he taught at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and at Dartmouth College.

Fatima Naqvi is currently the visiting professor of German at Harvard University's Department of Germanic Literature and Languages and professor of German and Film Studies at Rutgers University, where she has taught since 2000. She has written books on the perception of victimhood in Western European culture between 1968 and the new millennium (The Literary and Cultural Rhetoric of Victimhood, Palgrave 2007); the films of Michael Haneke (Trügerische Vertrautheit, Synema 2010); and the intersection of architecture and educational discourse in the works of Thomas Bernhard (How We Learn Where We Live; Northwestern 2016). One current research project focuses on the topic of “fremdschämen”—the sense of shame for another—in contemporary media culture (special attention is devoted to the works of Ulrich Seidl, Erwin Wurm, and Elfriede Jelinek).

Paula will be screened during KINO! on March 31 at 7:30 pm, and on April 1st at 1:30 pm at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. See here for more details.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!

Let’s Talk About Paula: A Conversation among Ingelore Koenig, Fatima Naqvi, and Noah Isenberg is a DAAD-sponsored event.