Highlight: ORPHEA by Alexander Kluge and Khavn de la Cruz

We are especially happy to be showing a highlight of German filmmaking a spart of our program this year: Orphea by Alexander Kluge and Khavn De La Cruz already caused a stir at the Berlinale 2020. The title-character is played by the wonderful, angelic Lilith Stangenberg. “Die Zeit” writes about her: “Stangenberg’s acting is sensational, just the force with which she demolishes the little boxes into which Kluge squeezes her makes the film worth watching.” You should not miss this.

Orphea is being shown as part of the program section “Future German Cinema”.


A film by Alexander Kluge and Khavn De La Cruz

Gender exchange in the Orpheus myth: An angelic-like Lilith Stangenberg is the celebrated star of the underground rock scene in the slums of Manila. As her Euridiko dies, she follows him into the underworld. With the power of her songs, she not only frees her lover. Orphea wants immortality for everyone.

Alexander Kluge and the Filipino exceptional artist Khavn use this rock musical to present the standardized idea of what film art can be. Association chains packed in wild montages and a ride through the cultural history from Adorno to Ingmar Bergman lead to the realization that there must be a twist in Orpheu's failed death dance. Orphea not only wants her love back, she also wants a new beginning of art. In this sense, the two directors are true romantics.

Hessian premier (experimental essay film, D 2020), Original with English subtitles, 99 min., with: Lilith Stangenberg, Ian Madriga


World premiere in the Berlinale section Encounters

WATCH ORPHEA HERE (available soon)

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