This is the TV version of Christoph Schlingensief’s THE AFRICAN TWINTOWERS. Originally planned as a feature film in 2005, the fragments were shown as his “Unvollendete” (“The Unfinished”), an 18 monitors installment during the Berlinale 2008.
This film is about Richard Wagner, the attacks of September 11th, Hagen of Tronje, Odin and Edda, living and dead Hereros (members of an African herdsmen tribe), spirits of the present and past. The film location is a “rotating disk,” referred to as an “animatograph” by Schlingensief, on which a ship with two masts stands. On these masts hang the Twin Towers. All this stood in Lüderitz in Namibia, a former German colony in south west Africa. The German present is staged and each day the movie begins anew under the constant surveillance of different cameras. This time Schlingensief is everything: director, actor and one of four cameramen. He unites the Nordic and European world of legends with African shamanism and the present, the music of Patti Smith with texts by Elfriede Jelinek and the acting of the Fassbinder actress Irm Hermann. At the same time he has designed a portrait of everyday occurrences in which political “heroes” appear, as well as other figures. He is, metaphorically speaking, constantly in search of charging and discharging, of light and dark contrasts. —http://www.schlingensief.com
Christoph Maria Schlingensief (born October 24, 1960 in Oberhausen) is a German film and theatre director, actor and author. Because of his often controversial work he has often been called a “scandal-maker”.
As a young man he organized art “events” in the cellar of his parents house and artists such as Helge Schneider or Theo Jörgensmann performed in his early films.
Schlingensief considers himself a “provocatively thoughtful” artist. He has created numerous controversial and provocative theatre pieces as well as films, his former mentor being filmmaker and media artist Werner Nekes. One of his main works, the so-called Germany-Trilogy, which deals with three turning points in 20th century German history: the first movie Hundert Jahre Adolf Hitler (Adolf Hitler – A Hundred Years) covers the last hours of Adolf Hitler, the second Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker (The German Chainsaw-Massacre), depicts the German reunification of 1989… read more