Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, in association with the Hyderabad Film Club, is screening 9 of the unforgettable and unsurpassed films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, from 20th to 26th August, at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre.
Today, the last day, Ali: Fear Eats The Soul will be screened. An ageing cleaning woman, Emmi, marries a much younger, immigrant Moroccan mechanic, Ali. Emmi's family, including her slovenly and spiteful son-in-law Eugen, neighbours and workmates turn against her viciously. Ali's friends ridicule him for marrying "a grandmother". Hoping that everything will be better when they return, the couple take a vacation.
Set in Munich during the 1970s, Fear Eats the Soul melds the conventions of melodrama with a radical sensibility in order to present a portrait of racism and everyday hypocrisy in post-war Germany. It is a film about the way conventional society detests anything and anybody unfamiliar - but also a film about the hopes and limits of love.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder was born in 1945 and died in 1982. He was one of the most significant directors of the "New German Cinema". In just 13 years, between 1969 and 1982, he made 44 films. He wrote 14 plays, revised six others and directed 25. He wrote 4 radio plays and 37 screenplays and worked on a further 13 scripts with other writers. Fassbinder's films are among the most valid social documents produced between the late '60s and early '80s in Germany; his plays are among the most performed of any post-war German dramatist.
Please contact Goethe-Zentrum at 6552-6443 or Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.