Als Susan Sontag im Publikum saß
IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTOR // OPENING FILM AT ACHTUNG BERLIN FESTIVAL
Director: RP Kahl
Documentary, Germany 2021, 86 min.
50 years ago the writer Norman Mailer entered a combative as well as witty debate at the New York Townhall – with the four writers and activists Jacqueline Deballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston and Diana Trelling. In the audience, none other than the infamous intellectual Susan Sontag is present. “The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us.” writes the great intellectual Susan Sontag in her famous essay “Against Interpretation”. While not art, RP Jahl makes a meaningful landmark of “feminism” more real to us in his re-enactment-film by transposing the legendary New York Townhall debate of feminist scholars into our present. To manage this, he gives the film a meta-level: he re-stages the debate as a play and at the same time openly shows the controversial discussions that his actors and he himself hold during rehearsals: on their characters, power, womanhood, sexuality and feminism. Documentary feature film or acted documentary: Als Susan Sonntag im Publikum saß is a plea for debate culture full of relish.
|Screenplay:||Saralisa Volm, RP Kahl|
|Production:||Studio RPK, Cornelsen Films GmbH Independent Partners Film|
|Producers:||RP Kahl, Christopher Cornelsen, Torsten Neumann|
|Camera:||Elena Friedrich, Markus Hirner|
|Coproduction:||Christoph Gampl, Angela Schmitt-Gläser|
|Sound Design:||Jürgen Schulz|
Saralisa Volm, Luise Helm, Heike-Melba Fendel, Celine Yildirim, RP Kahl
Als Susan Sontag im Publikum saß celebrated its world premiere at Filmfest Oldenburg and opened the Achtung Berlin Festivals International Cinema section.
About the Director
Director RP Kahl currently teaches at hfg Offenbach. He is part of „team turanskyj“ – a group consisting of filmmaker friends of Prof. Tatjana Turanskyj, who spontaneously decided to keep her lecture going for a semester after her death. The co-producer of the film is Angela Schmitt Gläser from Frankfurt.
"Director RP Kahl took a big risk with his almost-documentary –but these 90 minutes fascinate. Kahls film is a grand document of the formation of women’smovements. It’s an experimental format on what debate culture should be like: rebellious, polemic and factual but never insulting or egocentric. Welcome to the circus of intellectual momentum." (NWZ)