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Hunger

Steve MCQueen, UK 2008

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Steve McQueen’s first feature film, Hunger, focuses on the IRA activist Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), the most important protagonist of the conflict in Northern Ireland. In 1981 Sands died in Maze Prison near Belfast from the consequences of a hunger strike. This was the ultimate political weapon of the imprisoned activists in a long series of protests, after the British government deprived them in 1976 of the status of political prisoners. The film does not recapitulate the life of its protagonist, Bobby Sands; instead, it is about guards and prisoners, about life inside the prison, where violence clashes with inexorable will. The occasional flashes of humanity are all the more unsettling in this context. McQueen breaks many rules of conventional narrative film, and subverts expectations regarding story development and contextualization. The length and rhythm of the takes, the scenes that focus on the body and the substantial demands made on the viewer are features of a cinematic idiom that has evolved in the process of McQueen’s work as a fine artist.

Vorführungen im Schaulager
Hunger, 96 Min., UK 2008, E, deutsche Untertitel
28.3. 20 Uhr | 31.3. 16 Uhr | 11.4. 17 Uhr | 14.4. 16 Uhr | 9.5. 16 Uhr | 12.5. 16 Uhr | 6.6. 20 Uhr | 9.6. 16 Uhr | 29.8. 20 Uhr | 1.9. 16 Uhr



Shame

Steve MCQueen, UK 2011

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Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a man in his mid-thirties, has a job and an apartment, a life of normality and detachment, but behind that respectable façade his universe is consumed by an unbridled sexual drive. His world begins to go out of joint when Sissy (Carey Mulligan), his unstable sister, enters his life. In Sissy and Brandon, opposites clash. Despite occasional moments of fragile intimacy, they are incapable of bridging the gulf between them. Frantic scenes in search of gratification reveal a lost and lonely man, enslaved between his shame and obsession. Brandon repeatedly tries and fails to break the ingrained pattern. He can neither follow through on a budding relationship with a co-worker, nor can he summon the strength and peace of mind to cope with his sister’s cries for help. When Brandon saves his suicidal sister in the final scene, the image of him kneeling in the cold, soaked in blood and rain, evokes a cleansing that perhaps holds a hope of redemption.

Vorführungen im Schaulager
Shame, 101 Min., UK 2011, E, deutsche Untertitel

17.3. 16 Uhr | 11.4. 20 Uhr | 25.4. 20 Uhr | 28.4. 16 Uhr | 23.5. 20 Uhr | 26.5. 16 Uhr | 4.7. 20 Uhr | 7.7. 16 Uhr | *15.8*. 20 Uhr | 18.8. 16 Uhr