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Angela Schanelec: Showing without Telling

MUBI Special

Angela Schanelec might very well be the best kept secret of the so-called “Berlin School” of filmmakers. A contemporary of Christian Petzold, Christoph Hochhäusler, Thomas Arslan and Maren Ade, she remains one of the founding figures of the unofficial movement, triggered by a necessity of a new cinema that would witness and delve into Germany’s societal changes and identity reconstruction after the fall of the Wall. Schanelec’s films discreetly compose one of the most coherent, compact bodies of work in contemporary cinema, resonating with powerful observation, restrained emotional landscapes, and a methodical use of expressive film language. Interested in the ineffable side of human relationships and the bits in our lives that fall through the cracks, Schanelec takes an austere, fragmented approach to reality and the multiple ways in which the world displays its mysterious nature. Her films have a formal rigour that brings Robert Bresson or Chantal Akerman to mind, but with a serenity and elusiveness entirely of her own. In an attempt to put the pieces together, we are immensely proud to present a retrospective series spanning the last fifteen years of her career, building up to her latest beguiling enigma, Locarno Festival favorite The Dreamed Path.


Angela Schanelec France, 2010

Airports are places of transit and fortuitous synchronicity. In Orly, Angela Schanelec’s camera delicately infiltrates the geometric architecture of the building and, with the right distance from her characters, captures the elusiveness of happenstance to achieve unsuspected emotional resonance.


Angela Schanelec Germany, 2007

Our series devoted to Angela Schanelec continues with this sun-drenched snapshot of a subtly distraught summer holiday shared between lakeside neighbors. The film generously lets us piece together relationships, family drama and love’s hurt through oblique observation and heart-felt restraint.

Passing Summer

Angela Schanelec Germany, 2001

MUBI is proud to present a retrospective of one of the most important and beguiling, yet under-seen contemporary directors: Angela Schanelec. We begin with this tenderly enigmatic drama that reveals a group of friends, family and lovers dispersed yet connected as people yearning for fulfillment.

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