Lenz (1969-71, George Moorse)
Quelle: Deutsches Filminstitut - DIF, Frankfurt/Main
The era between the French Revolution of 1789 and the restoration of the royal order after the failure of the democratic revolution in Germany in 1848 has motivated and inspired both contemporary artists and literary figures between the late 18th century and the present.
The dynamics of this era are evident in the works of revolutionary writers such as Georg Forster and Georg Büchner. Living in Paris during the revolution, Heinrich Heine was disheartened by the situation in Germany while Schiller and Goethe transitioned from the “Sturm und Drang“ to a courtly aristocracy. During the Romantic era, both transfigurations of the past and sombre reflections of the present (E.T.A. Hoffmann) were found and similar developments also occurred in other European countries (Percy & Mary Shelley).
Filmmakers of the 20th century have used both the works and biographies of these authors as a blueprint to cope with their own realities under diverse regimes, discussing and assessing acute social problems under the disguise of "classical literature". These films actively expose an ever-present inner turmoil between culture and politics.
cinefest and the film conference are therefore able to offer a two-fold refraction of cinematic adaptations of artistic and literary works from a period of political unrest.
The 30th International Conference of German Film Heritage is an integral part of the festival, where the topics of the festival will be deepened in presentations and discussions.
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