Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, in association with the Hyderabad Film Club, is screening 9 unforgettable and unsurpassed films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, from 20th to 26th August, at the Prasad Labs Preview Theatre.
Today, the 6th and penultimate day, Katzelmacher will be screened. Katzelmacher tells the story of what happens within a group of aimless young men and women when a Greek immigrant rents a room in their cheap tenement. Deemed a "Katzelmacher" (literally, ladle-maker, but also a derogatory term for a foreign worker) by the group, the immigrant is wary of them, but is also eager to fit in. The women of the group variously find him charming, attractive or repulsive, but the men all despise him and are threatened by them.
The men beat him up one day, hoping that he will leave and that everything that has changed since his arrival will return to normal, but he stays only to be exploited in more cruel, less physically violent ways.
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.