Take Courage – Tribute to Feminale and femme totale
From the rich and inspiring festival programme history of Feminale and femme totale, the first two West German women's film festivals, we have put together a short film programme that was inspired by the suggestions of the festivals' founders and makers. The programme recalls the whole range of aesthetic forms, political approaches and thematic posits that the festivals presented. This selection does not claim to be representative – and with this in mind, we've borrowed the title "Take Courage!" Still, the programme provides deep insights into a wide range of different styles which, after all, were characteristic of the filmmakers and the time when they were made. There are funny, self-deprecating film negotiations of everyday married life and women's everyday lives (Kamen-Süd, Staubsaugen); humorously exuberant self-empowerment (S.O.S. Extraterrestria), explorations of body, desire (Cold Jazz, Between) and soul (Unendlich die Rettung naht, Take Courage); and the questioning of identity politics that are still topical today (Janine, Rootless Cosmopolitans).
BRD 1989 | Director: Riki Kalbe, Barbara Kasper | Cast: Tana Schanzara, Pit Hartmann | Production: Elke Peters, Kalbe/Kasper GbR | Colour | DCP | 6 min | german OV with english SUB | Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
BRD 1985 | Director: Claudia Richarz, Andrea van der Straeten | Colour | Digital File | 7 min | german OV | Private archive Claudia Richarz, Andrea van der Straeten
AT 1993 | Director: Mara Mattuschka | Camera: Ulla Barthold | Cast: Mimi Minus (Mara Mattuschka) | Production: Ulrike Zimmermann, MMM Production | b/w | DCP | 10 min | german OV | sixpackfilm
GB 1993 | Director: Jayne Parker | Camera: Belinda Parsons, Jayne Parker | Sound: Noski Deville | Music: Kathy Stobart based on Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin | b/w | 16mm | 17 min | without dialogue | British Film Institute
BRD 1989 | Director: Claudia Schillinger | Cast: Francesca de Martin, Carletta | Colour & b/w | 16mm | 8 min | without dialogue | Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
Unendlich die Rettung naht
BRD 1988 | Director, Script, Editor: Rosi S.M. | b/w | 16mm | 15 min | german OV | Filmmuseum der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
BRD 1986-87 | Director, Script, Cast: Maija-Lene Rettig | Sound: Bernd Böhm, Maija-Lene Rettig | Colour & b/w | 16mm | 9 min | english OV | Light Cone
USA 1990 | Director, Editor, Production: Cheryl Dunye | Camera: Gail Lloyd | Colour | Digital File | 9 min | amer. OV | Jingletown Films
GB 1990 | Director, Script: Ruth Novaczek | Colour & b/w | 16mm | 20 min | english OV | Cinenova