Widows, 2018, filmstill

BLACKNESS & CINEMA — Summer Cinema at Haus der Kunst

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Language
Event in German and English
Duration
Reservation
Reservation required
Admission
10 € / reduced admission: 7 € / Remaining tickets are available at the box office


Event overview

Day 3: Saturday 08.08. BLACK MADONNAS
Khalil Joseph: Wildcat (2013), 7 Min., OV
Steve McQueen, Widows (2018), 129 Min., Original with german subtitles, FSK 16

Widows, 2018, filmstill
Widows, 2018, filmstill

BLACKNESS & CINEMA
Summer open air cinema screening as part of the exhibition "Theaster Gates. Black Chapel"

In his hometown of Chicago, Theaster Gates is reknown not only as an artist and archivist of Black culture, but also as an activist who works with the Rebuild Foundation, which he founded to improve the quality of life of his community. Among the public events he organizes are summer open-air cinema screenings. Inspired by this, Haus der Kunst is hosting a three-day film series on its terrace, in which many of the central themes of Gates’ multifaceted installation “Black Chapel” are echoed: the experiences of structural racism; the transformative power of Black music; and the representation of Black women. By building upon Gates’ installation, the film selection considers the spirit of a project that emphasizes the presence of strong, life-affirming Black figures and celebrates the everyday culture of the Black community. In light of the newly emerging conflicts in the US and beyond, this desire to clearly demonstrate structural and internalized racism without falling back upon media recitations of ‘Black suffering’ has taken on a renewed sense of urgency.

BLACK MADONNA

Kahlil Joseph: Wildcat (2013), OV, 7 Min.
Khalil Joseph’s short film “Wildcat” grants the viewer an insight into the almost unknown world of the African American rodeo, focusing on the annual August Rodeo in Grayson, Oklahoma (formerly Wildcat). The film honours the founder of this event, Aunt Janet, who is portrayed as a young girl who would have a decisive influence on the culture of the African American rodeo.

Steve McQueen: Widows (2018), 129 Min., Original with German subtitles, FSK 16.
With “Widows”, director Steve McQueen successfully transposes Lynda La Plantes’ story from 1980s London to today’s Chicago; creating an electrifying thriller with a star cast, in which class, race, gender and religion are equally multi-layered. Four women (Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo) who have little in common other than the debts left by their deceased and criminal husbands, decide to take the future into their own hands. In so doing, they run the risk of becoming involved in criminal activities themselves.

Program:

Day 1: Thursday 06.08. LOVE & RACE
Theaster Gates: Dance of Malaga (2019), 20 Min., OV
Melina Matsoukas: Queen & Slim (2019), 132 Min., Original with german subtitles, FSK 12

Day 2: Friday 07.08. MUSIC
Malik Hassan Sayeed & Arthur Jafa: Adrian Younge: New Soul Rebel, (2015), 20 Min, OV, FSK 0
Sydney Pollack, Alan Elliott: Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace (2018), 86 Min, Original with german subtitles, FSK 0

Day 3: Saturday 08.08. BLACK MADONNAS
Kahlil Joseph: Wildcat (2013), 7 Min., OV
Steve McQueen, Widows (2018), 129 Min., Original with german subtitles, FSK 16

TICKETS:
The online sale is finished. Remaining tickets are available at the box office.

The exhibition "Theaster Gates. Black Chapel" is open on Thursday until 10 pm and on Friday and Saturday until 9 pm.

The terrace is equipped with deckchairs. Blankets can be brought along.
Drinks and snacks from the Golden Bar. Ice cream from Del Fiore.

Films begin at dusk, around 9.15 pm. Admission is from 9.30 pm.
If the weather is rainy, the films are shown inside.