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Free screening (by donation): Lord Jones Is Dead

Program Running Time 83 min.


Veronika Voss

Program Running Time 104 min.

Aug 08 08:50 pm

Films in Program

(Germany, 1982, 104 mins, 35mm)

The second of Fassbinder’s great BRD Trilogy, this is the true story of an UFA starlet, rumoured to be a mistress of Goebbels, who falls to drug addiction after the war. Shot in icy black and white, it’s intentionally reminiscent of Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd but more devastating still.

Lord Jones Is Dead (free screening with donation to Canadian Journalists for Free Expression)

(2016, 83 mins)
Directors:
CAST Chad Krowchuk, Daniel Janks, Jonathan Pienaar

Showtimes

Rival journalists Samuel (Chad Krowchuk, Man of Steel) and Vincent (Daniel Janks, Ali) wait outside a suburban house for a woman who is said to have had an affair with a government minister. Photographer Clive (Jonathan Pienaar, Blood Diamond) is with them, there to get a photo of the girl. Unfortunately, they don’t know if this is the right house – or, indeed, whether this is the right girl. And with Samuel being told by his editors that he’s not to come back until he has a story, and Vincent and Clive being told that they have to stay until Samuel leaves, the trio settle in for what promises to be a long wait. At which point the decide that they could just as easily make the story up…

Veronika Voss

(1982, 104 mins, 35mm)
Director:
CAST Rosel Zech, Hilmar Thate, Cornelia Froboess
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Aug 08 08:50 pm

Once-beloved Third Reich–era starlet Veronika Voss (Rosel Zech) lives in obscurity in postwar Munich. Struggling for survival and haunted by past glories, the forgotten star encounters sportswriter Robert Krohn (Hilmar Thate) in a rain-swept park and intrigues him with her mysterious beauty. As their unlikely relationship develops, Krohn comes to discover the dark secrets behind the faded actresses’ demise. Based on the true story of a World War II UFA star, Veronika Voss is wicked satire disguised as 1950s melodrama, the second part of Fassbinder’s loose BRD Trilogy (alongside The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola).

"Veronika Voss (BRD 2), Fassbinder’s penultimate film, was based on the real-life tragedy that befell German star Sybille Schmitz. Schmitz, who was a formidable presence during the Nazi era, is probably best known to American audiences for her performance in Dreyer’s Vampyr (1932). According to Michael Töteberg, a young Fassbinder had read the newspaper stories about Schmitz’s 1955 suicide in Munich and the sensational trial that followed. He and his writers changed the names and employed another vintage Hollywood scenario, that of the reporter who becomes fascinated and then consumed with the life of the person he’s investigating—think of Citizen Kane (1941). Fassbinder decided to shoot the film in late 1981, as he was preparing Kokain, a vastly more complex undertaking. The Longing of Veronika Voss (Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss) went into production as an interim project, with the amazing Rosel Zech in her second Fassbinder film. BRD 2 would be Fassbinder’s first film in black and white since Effi Briest; it would also be his last great work, and the final chapter in one of his most sustained achievements, historically, politically, and aesthetically." Kent Jones

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