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German Cinema Now! Ulrike Ottinger's MADAME X: AN ABSOLUTE RULER

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Northwest Film Forum

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Seattle, WA 98122

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Rare screening of MADAME X by Ulrike Ottinger, grande dame of German avant-garde film and winner of this year’s Berlinale Camera.

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The monthly Goethe Pop Up Film Series supports artistic works that amplify the plurality of voices and experiences to inspire public dialogue.

In May, we celebrate the winner of this year’s Berlinale Camera, Ulrike Ottinger. Ottinger is one of the most important German filmmakers since the 1970s and the grande dame of German avant-garde film. Her work follows her adventurous curiosity and creates unique poetic imagery.

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Ulrike Ottinger’s rarely seen first feature from 1977, a coproduction with the ZDF television network, was a celebrated as a sensation and prompted substantial controversy. It follows the notorious pirate queen Madame X as she gathers a group of women, bored with their everyday lives, to join her on her ship Orlando. Subverting conventional storytelling and realism, and the traditional male-centered pirate tale in particular, the women’s postmodern search for self-transformation routes through conflict and destruction and places them at odds with the rituals of the outside world. This highly aestheticized adventure about love, death, and utopia, invites the viewers along for an unprecedented journey that celebrates the marginal.

"Ottinger reappropriates the aesthetics of narcissism for a feminist discourse, reflecting the problematics of reappropriation through a many-layered parodistic masquerade." Miriam Hansen, University of Wisconsin

About the filmmaker:

Ulrike Ottinger (b.1942, Konstanz) is a German artist whose work encompasses not only film, but also theatre directing, painting, and photography. Her artistic work has been shown at the Biennale di Venezia, the documenta, and the Berlin Biennale.

Ottinger's film work comprises 25 short, documentary, and feature films. including her first film in 1972-1973, Laoccon & Sons, with Tabea Blumenschein, the Berlin Trilogy’s Ticket of No Return (1979), Freak Orlando (1981), and Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press (1984). A series of long documentaries followed that were created when travelling through Asian countries. One of her latest films is a 12-hour ethnographic documentary, Chamisso’s Shadow (2016) and it is just one of a dozen of Ottinger’s films that were invited to the Berlinale during her career. In addition, her films have been shown at numerous international festivals and have received various recognitions, including at the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For her work, she was awarded the Deutsche Filmpreis, and the Special Teddy, the international film award for films with LGBT+ topics, and she repeatedly received the German Film Critics Award. In 2011, the Hannah Höch Prize of the City of Berlin was bestowed upon her for an outstanding artistic life’s work.

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Attendance is free. Doors open 30 minutes before the film on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of guaranteed tickets will be available for reservation on Eventbrite. Any reserved but unclaimed tickets will be released to other patrons 10 minutes before the screening.

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