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Film Screening: “The Sun Island” (dir. Thomas Elsaesser, 2017). Screening and Discussion with Professor Thomas Elsaesser

May 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Sun Island (dir. Thomas Elsaesser, Germany, 2017, 72 mins, in English)

Screening and discussion with the film director

The Sun Island is a documentary essay film about coincidences, shattered lives and posthumous fame. A found footage family film about love and passion, friendship and heartbreak in Berlin between the wars. But ​a film ​also about self-sufficiency and recycling​, about the green movement and the environment​ – before these ​notions ​had yet been properly invented. And it ​touches​ the utopian potential of ideas that have lain buried in the ground of an island for the past 70 years. The film’s protagonist, Martin Elsaesser, was one of the most prominent modernist architects of Weimar Germany

The films draws on a unique collection of home movies, photographs and letters, as well as contemporary interviews to document and dramatize a life-changing episode in the family histories of two all but forgotten German pioneer architects – one the designer of churches and markets, the other inventor of urban gardening schemes – during the crucial years between the Weimar Republic and WW II.

The film is in English.

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Date:
May 14
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5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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