Public Lecture: 'The strength of a gesture' by Angela Schanelec - 3 November 2022

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Thursday 3rd of November, 19:30
Netherlands Film Academy (Cinema on the 2nd floor)

We invite you to join our public lecture 'The strength of a gesture' by Angela Schanelec.

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''When I think of the work of Angela Schanelec, I remember one of the first interviews I read in which she spoke about her film MARSEILLE (2004). She said: “I would tell a dramatic event as something that happens without being used as a dramaturgical moment. It just happens. It's important to me that I manage to interest the viewer in a person without anything dramatic happening. I look for other means to do that.” Angela Schanelec's cinema is one with an open structure – a structure she builds with in-between moments. Moments in which we are emotionally the most raw. 

 In her work, she brings her experience from theatre acting into a beautiful dialogue with cinematic images, which are composed much like paintings. It is about the strength of a gesture and the beauty of movement. The pace of the images shifts our focus to seeing and observing, creating a narrative with an almost physical texture. A texture of feelings.''

Désirée Pfenninger (student Master of film)


Angela Schanelec is invited by the second-year students of the MA programme to share her unique practice and knowledge. The screening of I WAS AT HOME, BUT (2019) will be followed by a group conversation. 

Writer and director Angela Schanelec first worked as a theater actress before she began making films. Her films, including DAS GLÜCK MEINER SCHWESTER (1995), PLÄTZE IN STÄDTEN (1998), MARSEILLE (2004), ORLY (2010), DER TRAUMHAFTE WEG (2016), and ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER (2019) have won numerous awards, among them the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2019 Berlinale for ICH WAR ZUHAUSE, ABER. Angela Schanelec has translated several Shakespeare plays into German and teaches as a professor of narrative film at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.