FASSBINDER
2015, 92 min, Germany, Dir: Annekatrin Hendel

One of the most prolific and controversial figures in German film history, Rainer Werner Fassbinder had a unique ability to portray German society with painful honesty, often polarizing the nation. Fassbinder’s legacy included revolutionary work in theater as well as the 44 films he directed before his untimely death at age 37 in 1982. This new documentary skillfully blends this body of work with the director’s personal life to illuminate an obsessive artist driven to create at all costs. Never-before-seen archival material, as well as rare interviews with friends and colleagues including Irm Hermann, Margit Carstensen, Harry Baer, Hanna Schygulla and Volker Schlöndorff, provide fresh insight into the New German Cinema’s enfant terrible. In German with English subtitles.


IT IS FINE! EVERYTHING IS FINE
2007, Volcanic Eruptions, 74 min, USA, Dir: Crispin Hellion Glover, David Brothers

Crispin Hellion Glover's co-directed second feature will not disappoint fans of his offbeat sensibilities and eccentric taste. Based on a screenplay by the late Steven C. Stewart, who also stars, this noirish, surreal story focuses on a wheelchair-bound Lothario with a fetish for long hair, who has women literally dropping at his feet. The psychosexual fantasy co-stars German actress Margit Carstensen (who appeared in several Rainer Werner Fassbinder films).


POSSESSION
1981, Bleeding Light Film Group, 127 min, France/West Germany, Dir: Andrzej Zulawski

In this controversial, unclassifiable cult film, secret agent Mark (Sam Neill) reunites with Anna (Isabelle Adjani) and their young son only to be asked for a divorce. But it’s not because his wife has been seeing another man - when Mark hires a private investigator to follow her, he learns she’s been spending time with a strange, tentacled creature (designed by famed special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi). Director Andrzej Zulawski was in the midst of his own difficult divorce when he came up with this nightmarish mix of domestic distress, bloody violence and bio-horror. Adjani’s performance in dual roles (she also plays Anna’s doppelgänger, Helen) earned a César as well as a Best Actress award at Cannes. “POSSESSION starts on a hysterical note, stays there and surpasses it as the film progresses.” – Variety


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