Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, in association with the Hyderabad Film Club, is screening some of the celebrated works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder through the screening of nine of his unforgettable and unsurpassed films, from 20th to 26th August, at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre.
Today, the inaugural day, Effi Briest will be screened. In the 19th century, 17-year-old Effi Briest is married to the older Baron von Instetten, and moves into a house in a small isolated Baltic town that she believes has a ghost. She soon bears a daughter, Annie, and hires the lapsed Catholic Roswitha to look after her.
Effi is lonely when her husband is away on business, and so she spends time riding and walking along the shore with Major Crampas. Meanshile, Baron is promoted to Ministerial Councillor and the family moves to Berlin, where Effi enjoys the social life.
Six years later, the Baron is given letters from Crampas to Effi that convince him that they had an affair. He feels obliged to challenge Crampas to a duel and banish Effi from the house.
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.