Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Goethe-Institut Toronto - free movie screenings

The Goethe-Institut Toronto presents two free screenings next week on December 13 and 14. The screenings are to introduce Canadians to the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, a one-year post-graduate program that is a French-German film initiative. The Atelier's director Jan Schütte will be attending the event.

Both nights will begin with short films made by Atelier students before the main feature film. The feature on Monday night is Takva (Gottesfurcht) by Özer Kiziltan, a German-Turkish film. This screening will be followed by discussion with Jan Schütte, producers Falk Nagel and Christophe Bruncher, and the Canadian Film Centre's Greg Klymkiw. Tuesday's film is L'Intouchable by Benoît Jaquot.

The screenings begin at 6:30pm each night and take place at Innis Town Hall at 2 Sussex Avenue, on St. George between Bloor St. West and Harbord St.

Beyond the Border: The European dimension of film

Award-winning films of the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris presented by Jan Schütte

Film series & discussion
13-14 December, 2010
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto, ON
with English subtitles
Admission free
+1 416 5935257-205
Presented by the Goethe-Institut

Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris was founded in 2001. It is the most successful French-German program for cooperation, education and networking in film. We are happy to introduce the Atelier and its acclaimed director Jan Schütte to Canadian audiences.

The Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris influences film in Europe by supporting young producers and directors. The focus of the program are the two feature films, "L'Intouchable" (produced by Christophe Bruncher) and "Takva" (produced by Falk Nagel) which will be accompanied by two series of short films by students of the master class. The first evening is followed by a discussion with Jan Schütte, the director and head of the French-German film academy, and some the artists.

December 13, 2010, 6:30pm:

Shortfilm series 1
Feature film "Takva"
Discussion with Jan Schütte (DFFB, Berlin), Falk Nagel (producer “Takva”), Christophe Bruncher (producer “L’Intouchable”) and Greg Klymkiw, Senior Creative Consultant Film at the Canadian Film Centre.

In “Takva,” produced by Falk Nagel, the humble introvert’s Muharrem extraordinary religious devotion attracts the attention of the leaders of a rich and powerful religious group. His acclaimed trustworthiness and conscientiousness inspire them to offer him an administrative post as rent collector for their numerous properties. Provided with new clothes, a cell phone and a computer, Muharrem is thrown into the modern outside world he has successfully avoided for so long. His naive eyes are soon witness to hypocritical attitudes toward alcohol consumption and goodwill. Muharrem has built his life around being able to distinguish between carnal and spiritual values. But the balance of his devotion is now upset.

December 14, 2010, 6:30pm:

Shortfilm series 2
Feature film "L'Intouchable"

A young actress, Jeanne, learns from her mother in Jaquot's "L'Intouchable" that her father is Indian, a Hindu she met while traveling, an “Untouchable.” Intending to find her father, Jeanne wants to leave for India immediately but she needs money. She drops out of the rehearsals for “Saint Joan of the Stockyards,” staged by her lover and asks her agent to get her a part, that she had initially turned down, in a film. She performs the part as though it’s an ordeal she’s inflicting on herself and leaves as soon as she can. Jeanne sets out on her own for the vastness of India with little more than a name as a clue. In the hope that she will reach what she is looking for, she immerses herself into the jumble and life of a continent that is totally foreign to her.

Jan Schütte studied literature, art history and philosophy and began making movies in 1982. His first feature length film “Dragon’s Chow“ (1987) premiered at the Venice Film festival, won awards such as the Prix Francois Truffaut, Prix Unesco, and the German Film Prize. With “Winkelmann’s Travels“ and “Bye Bye America“ Schütte went on to develop his unique vision. Since 1994 Schütte has taught directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and was a visiting professor at Harvard University and at Dartmouth College. In 2002, Jan was part of the International Jury at the Cannes Film Festival, together with Martin Scorsese, and others. He then joined the newly founded Franco-German Atelier Ludwigsburg Paris, a one-year post-graduate training program for young European producers and distributors, organized and run jointly by the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg and the film school La fémis in Paris.
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