Ulrike Ottinger

Ulrike Ottinger: Prater

"A rare video artist who is equally comfortable talking about Freud and the Khmer Rouge." - Steve Anderson, The Independent

West Coast premiere, Austria/Germany, 2007, 107 min., 35mm
Jack H. Skirball Screening Series

One of the most singular and provocative voices in German cinema is on hand for a screening of her latest extravaganza, Prater. Part loving documentary (including rare archival footage) and part updated version of Alice in Wonderland (with übermodel Veruschka as Barbarella), this film recounts the tales of generations of carnival workers at Vienna’s famous Prater amusement park. Ottinger introduces a fascinating cast of characters: descendents of the “man without a torso,” grandchildren of imperial huntsmen who now run a first-class restaurant, and a fix-it man who diligently repairs illusion devices, among many others. Texts by Nobel Prize-winning authors Elfriede Jelinek and Elias Canetti, satirist Erich Kästner and legendary director Josef von Sternberg wittily dissect the meaning of the Prater, its status as a site of technological innovation, and its role as a cultural medium.

In person: Ulrike Ottinger

Made possible by the generous support of Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. CalArts and UCLA are screening additional films by Ulrike Ottinger. For more information, see www.goethe.de/losangeles.

The Jack H. Skirball Screening Series is curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud

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Date/Time G ST CA
Mon 2.25.08 8:00 pm $9 $7 $5

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff