Havel film among lineup
BERLIN — The Berlinale’s Forum section has unveiled the lineup of its Special Screenings sidebar.
The selection includes the final chapter of a 46-year-old documentary project that began shortly after construction of the Berlin Wall, a film about former Czech president Vaclav Havel, and re-screening of the 1971 surrealistic portrait of psychoanalyst and sexologist Wilhelm Reich.
Winfried and Barbara Junge’s five-hour film “…They’re Living Happily Ever After” concludes 46 years of the “Chronicle of the Children of Golzow,” the longest-lasting observation in film history.
Begun in 1961, the work now extends beyond the end of communist East Germany and documents the changes in reunified Germany. The 19th , and final chapter, portrays four of the children who entered school in 1961; they are still living in the village of Golzow in Germany’s Oderbruch region.
Pavel Koutecky’s long-term documentary work “Citizen Havel,” which the filmmaker began in 1993 at the start of Havel’s presidency, was finished by Miroslav Janek following the filmmaker’s death in an accident in 2006 and offers a multilayered portrait of the playwright and political leader.
Having accompanied Havel for more than a decade and amassing more than 100 hours of footage, Koutecky captured such memorable scenes as the former leader grooving with Bill Clinton in a jazz club and celebrating with the Rolling Stones at the Prague castle.
Also unspooling is a new print of Dusan Makavejev’s 1971 subversive classic “W.R. — Misterije Organizma” on the occasion of Makavejev’s master class at the Berlinale Talent Campus. Pic, which offers a surrealistic exploration of the teachings of the psychoanalyst and sexologist Wilhelm Reich, was shown in the Forum in 1971.
FORUM’S SPECIAL SCREENINGS
“…They’re Living Happily Ever After. The Children of Golzow,” Winfried Junge, Barbara Junge, Germany
“The Exiles,” Kent Mackenzie, U.S. (1961)
“The Feature,” Michael Auder, Andrew Neel, U.S.
“If One Thing Matters — A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans,” Heiko Kalmbach, Germany
“The Muzzled Horse of an Engineer in Search of Mechanical Saddles,” Khavn De La Cruz, Philippines
“My Brother’s Wedding,” Charles Burnett, U.S./Germany (1983/2007)
“Obcan Havel” (Citizen Havel), Pavel Koutecky, Miroslav Janek, Czech Republic
“RR,” James Benning, U.S.
“Wonderful Town,” Aditya Assarat, Thailand
“W.R. — Misterije organizma,” Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia/Germany (1971)