EUR KINOsofie: Werkmeister Harmonies (2000) 35mm + Ruud Welten


Prof. Dr. Ruud Welten

Thursday 12 Mar 2020, 21:00 - 23:45

KINO Rotterdam (Gouvernestraat 129-133, 3014 PM Rotterdam)

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In 2020 ESPhil and KINO present a new film series: EUR KINOsofie. Several ESPhil professors have chosen one of their favourite films, for which they will present a philosophical introduction. This series starts with Béla Tarrs masterpiece Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) on 35mm, with an introduction of Professor Ruud Welten.

This anti-nationalist masterpiece from 2000 is as current today, as it was 20 years a go. Béla Tarr does not show political developments, but brilliantly unravels the dark unconscious that is responsible for the suspicion that slowly disrupts life in a communist village in Hungary. A secretive truck drives into the village: a sensational whale will be put on display. From this moment onwards, it goes downhill with the village that is preoccupied with terror, betrayal and violence. Professor Ruud Welten will introduce the film from a psychoanalytical, Lancanian perspective. Film on 35mm.

Werkmeister Harmonies (2000)

A vagrant circus settles in a Hungarian village. De inhabitants marvel at the most important attractions, such as the skeleton of whale and a secretive ‘Prince’, who tries to control the population as a true demagogue. The by the Prince manipulated population unleashes a collective urge for destruction, that will ultimately lead the little town to its demise.


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