At the end of this film, the most important question to not ask is, what it was about. Remember, this is a film festival, and isn't complete without these.
On the occasion of World Theatre Day, the Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts and Fine Arts, in association with Moving Images and Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, is organising a 3-day film festival on theater, from 27th to 29th March.
Today, the final day, a 1999 film by Pina Bausch, The Plaint Of The Empress (Die Klage der Kaiserin) is being screened at the New Seminar Hall, School of Social Studies, University of Hyderabad. Die Klage der Kaiserin was made between October 1987 and April 1989. It is the first film by choreographer Pina Bausch, who was born in Solingen in 1940.
The general framework is set by the changing seasons - autumn, winter and spring. The film's inner structure reflects Pina Bausch's method of working as developed with the Wuppertal Theatre of Dance during the 1973-74 season. The film consequently does not tell a story, but is made up of various scenes put together as a collage reflecting certain moods and invoking different associations.
A variety of themes which Pina Bausch has frequently dealt with in her stage productions are also loosely interwoven in the film. Unlike the stage productions, however, the film scenes, some of which are thoroughly absurd, are set in different locations, such as the woods and fields around Wuppertal, the city centre, the suspension railway, a carpet shop, a greenhouse and the rehearsal room in a former cinema (Wuppertal's "Lichtburg").
The film features the dancers and an actress from the Wuppertal Theatre of Dance whose text improvisations, dancing and scenic variations leave their usual distinctive mark on the overall production. The futility of human activity and the search for love make up the film's central theme set against the strains of a Silician funeral march. As Pina Bausch says, the despair is tangible. After all, the film is a lament.
The film starts at 2:30pm and the entry is free for all. For further details, please contact Goethe-Zentrum at 6652-6443/2324-1791.