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Synopsis

Quite often, a touching love story is the central theme of a film. In this case, however, the arrangement of how the story unfolds is special. The lovers are Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, both important representatives of German-language poetry after 1945. The relationship between the Austrian poetess and the Jewish poet from Ukrainian Chernivtsi is told on the basis of their almost 20 years’ correspondence between 1948 and 1967. Ruth Beckermann chooses an unusual and almost documentary form of presentation: a young woman and a young man  read the letters in one of the studios of the national broadcasting station, Funkhaus Wien. One can hear longing, accusations, doubts, closeness and strangeness, about separations and long periods of silence. One can feel the struggle for words. And one can see the effects of all this in the readers’ faces. Not only the text, but also its impact is enacted – and occasionally discussed. The intensity of this relationship drama comes from its fascinating language, the  presence of the actors, and by camerawork and montage which dissolve the dialogue with changing perspectives and varying shot length. Talks during cigarette breaks, in the stairway and in the canteen, point to the present. The story, stronger than love, however, never vanishes out of sight.

Guests

Ruth Beckermann

Ruth Beckermann

Director and Writer The Dreamed Ones
In Vienna: April 14

Johannes Hammel

Johannes Hammel

Cinematographer The Dreamed Ones
In Vienna: 19. and 20. April

Moderator

Katharina Ferner

Katharina Ferner

Moderator film program

The Dreamed Ones

Original Title

Die Geträumten

Director

Ruth Beckermann

Script

Ruth Beckermann, Ina Hartwig. Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan

Actors

Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp

Genre

Documentary

Category

Austrian Days

Country

Austria

Year

2016

Language

German with Engl. sub.

Running time

89 min.

Distribution/Contact

Stadtkino Verleih

Dates

Saturday 14.04.

18:30 Actors Studio 2