Directed by Michael Krummenacher (Germany, 2015)
Q&A to follow
Date: Fri 26th August
Time: 5:00 pm , 87 mins
Location: Hollywood Cinema, Anglia Square, Norwich NR3 1DZ (click here for more venue information)
Tickets: £5 in advance, £7 at the door @ http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2570410
Watch the trailer now:
Please note: this screening will be accompanied by subtitles.
I remember when I first heard of Freud’s association between women and “hysteria.” I thought to myself that it did not sit right with me. Later in life, and still to this day, when I am expressing my emotions passionately or am really in tune with my intuition, I am sometimes dismissed as “it being that time of the month” or being hypersensitive.
Why is it that when a woman is really passionate her mental health is questioned? Another thing that I don’t frequently admit (and especially lately) is that I look out at the world, see the nightly news and think that none of this is real…a line that resonated with me while watching Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Or often occurrences, events and people are so unbelievable you think you must be living in the Matrix or someone you once knew is now a Pod Person from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Is this all a symptom of late capitalism fueled by cyber realities morphing what we previously experienced as “real”? What is “real” anymore? Sibylle is a strong rational woman with fully realized agency (something quite rare in Hollywood cinema) that one day hikes by a pseudo doppelganger on a lone scenic cliff. This encounter shatters the very fabric of Sibylle’s lived reality. Like the lone hiker, she starts to question the identities of those around her; those who were familiar to her all her life are now strangers, alien. The “others” when they realize that she is on to them question her mental health, her eyesight and her judgment so brutally that she often times believes she is having a nervous breakdown. This is not merely a metaphor for an individual mid life crisis, rather it is a societal one. That life as we know it is on repeat-routine, it is factory manufactured and an unsustainable consumer nightmare that seems impossible to break free from. This film may be open up to varied interpretations and I respect that some viewers may see Sibylle’s sanity unraveling due to the stress of modern life. However, having the film resonating strongly with me, (to a point that it was uncanny- a Freud term I do agree with!) I argue that it is much more than that. It is a philosophical debate that I welcome during the Q&A following the screening.
Aesthetically, this is spectacular, well-crafted cinema. The rolling Kubrick-ian dolly shots are exquisite; the color palate, sometimes reminiscent of Argento’s work, masterfully reflects Sibylle’s view of reality being a fabricated illusion. And the Hitchcockian camera angles paired with a stunning score will keep your brain whirling. This is a film that will haunt you days after seeing it. “Everything is changing….”
– Director of Programming Prof. Alexandra Nakelski