Copy & Paste: Reimagining, remixing & remaking film
May 24, 2015

The Goethe Institut Of San Francisco, Boston & Toronto  present:

AmericanFriend2Copy & Paste:
Reimagining, remixing & remaking film

A 2-part film series including 6 films. Each program to be introduced by Bay Area native writer and filmmaker Ryland Walker Knight!

Each program costs $12, day passes are $20

Full day passes can be purchased HERE

Program 1 tickets HERE

Program 2 tickets HERE

Part 1, 2:30 pm
Reimagine film
Home Stories” (Germany, 1990, 6 min.) by Matthias Müller
Phoenix Tapes” (Germany/UK, 1999, 45 min.) by Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet

Remix film
Yella” (Germany, 2007, 89 min.) by Christian Petzold
Nothing Ventured” (Germany, 2004, 52 min.), by Harun Farocki

Goethe LogPart 2, 7:00 pm
Remake film
The Talented Mr. Ripley“ (United States, 1999, 139 min.) by Anthony Minghella
The American Friend” (Germany, 1977,127 min.) by Wim Wenders

All movies are screened in English or German with English subtitles

It has often be said that the remake is defined by a paradox – namely the tension between repetition on the one hand (a familiar story) and difference on the other (the impetus to bring in something new). A remake presents itself as wanting to be the same, but different. Part of the attraction of viewing a remake of a previous film is the anticipation of seeing how the new film will reimaging the original in a new context. For every remake transports an interpretation of the source film into a new historical and cultural context. Why are we drawn to this form of cultural recycling? What does it offer as an artistic strategy? Are remakes becoming passé as the classical notion of authorship fades? These are some of the questions that will be raised in the series Copy & Paste.

Join Wim Wenders, Anthony Minghella, Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki and Matthias Müller & Christoph Girardet as they reimagine, remix, and remake film and films in three double features screenings.   The entire program will be introduced by Bay Area native writer/filmmaker Ryland Walker Knight.

HomeStories2:30 pm –
Reimagine Films:
Home Stories” by Matthias Müller & “Phoenix Tapes” by Matthias Müller & Christoph Girardet
(German with English subtitles)

Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet examine the visual codes of the classic Hollywood era, using the example of Lana Turner and Alfred Hitchcock. They work with found footage and dissect these pictures with a fascination for mise-en-scène and role models and create thereby a homage to the cinema.

“Home Stories” (Germany, 1990, 6 min.) by Matthias Müller is a film collage of Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s and 1960s. By showing scenes of suspense and stereotypes Müller connects different movies and actresses und illustrates how the male directors of Hollywood were working.
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PhoenixPhoenix Tapes” (Germany/UK, 1999, 45 min.) by Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet is a homage to Alfred Hitchcock. Cut together from 40 of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, this 6-part video is a surreal collage of the master director’s themes, motifs, gestures, and objects in a pure cinematic experience.
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Both films received the Prize of the German Film Critics (1991 and 1999).

Matthias Müller, born in 1961 in Bielefeld, Germany, is an experimental filmmaker and curator, often working in the field of found footage films. He studied Art and German philology together with his long-time partner Christoph Girardet. For his films he has received numerous awards from many international festivals, including Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

Christoph Girardet, born in 1966 in Langenhagen, Germany, produces video tapes and video installations. He studied Fine Arts at the Braunschweig School of Art where he met Matthias Müller. In 1999 their cooperation began with „Phoenix Tapes“.
3:30 pm –
Remix films:
Yella“Yella” by Christian Petzold & “Nothing Ventured” by Harun Farocki
(German with English subtitles)

Petzold’s movie „Yella“ thematically and in a narrative way corresponds to Farocki’s “Nothing Ventured”.

„Yella” (Germany, 2007, 89 min.) by Christian Petzold is a mystery thriller about a young woman from East Germany ending up unexpectedly in the world of venture capital negotiations. The film won the Silver Bear for Nina Hoss as best actress and the Prize of the German Film Critics 2007.
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NothingVentured“Nothing Ventured” (Germany, 2004, 52 min.), is a documentary by Harun Farocki about capitalism. Farocki shows two negotiations examining risk and calculability in capital market.
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Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960 and lives in Berlin. He studied film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), among others with Farocki. His highly-acclaimed films include: “Yella” (2006), “Barbara” (2012), and “Phoenix”.

Harun Farocki, born 1944 and died July 2014 in Berlin, Germany, was a German filmmaker, author and university lecturer for film in California, Berlin and Vienna. Farocki made over 90 films, the vast majority of them short experimental documentaries. He also was screenwriter on many feature films by Christian Petzold, including “Barbara” and “Phoenix”.

7 pm –
Remake films:
“The American Friend” by Wim Wenders & “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Anthony Minghella

AmericanFriendBoth movies are adapted from the novel “Ripley’s Game” by Patricia Highsmith about the smart swindler Tom Ripley who always gain in realizing his criminal intentions due to his empathy and intellect.

“The American Friend” (Germany, 1977,127 min.) is a German-French movie by Wim Wenders starring Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper. It won the German Critics Award as well as German Film Award in Gold for Best Director and Best Editor and is now considered a cult film.
(German with English subtitles)

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Talented Riply 2The Talented Mr. Ripley“ (United States, 1999, 139 min.) by Anthony Minghella is an American psycho-thriller. The film stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett. It was nominated for five Oscars and five Golden Globes. The story is set in New York and Italy.
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Wim Wenders, born 1945 in Düsseldorf, is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, photographer, and a major figure in New German Cinema. In a career spanning over four decades, he has received some of the highest international film awards, including the Palme d’Or and the Golden Lion. He has been nominated for the Academy Awards several times.

Anthony Minghella was born 1954 and died 2008 in London. He was a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for “The English Patient”. Also he received three more Academy Award nominations and an Oscar nomination (“The Reader”).

All films are open to audiences 18+.
Presented by the Goethe-Institutes Boston, San Francisco and Toronto
Curated by Jutta Brendemühl, Karin Öhlenschläger.
With Stefan Soldovieri, University of Toronto.

$20 Day Passes