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Cinema at the Center: Štěpán Altrichter

"Schmitke"

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Cinema at the Center: Štěpán Altrichter
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A screening organized in conjunction with the UC European Film Festival
Presenter: Michael Gott, University of Cincinnati Center for Film & Media Studies
Doors at 6:15PM, screening at 6:45PM

Altrichter’s darkly funny, quasi-mystical take on the mystery film is equal parts Kafkaesque and quixotic. The film follows the inauspicious quest of hapless German engineer Julius Schmitke into the heart of the historically charged Sudetenland borderlands, where is tasked with repairing a creaky wind turbine. Like Kafka’s land surveyor, the engineer must negotiate perplexing customs and formalities as well as a deeply mysterious forest that is impervious to technology such as GPS. The trees cover an old Nazi iron mine, where the layers of history and nature intertwine to create unsteady footing and treacherous conditions. Altrichter’s film is a comedic yet bleak meditation on the inescapability of history, the unpredictability of nature, and the shortcomings of technology.

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