FILM CITY BERLIN: R.W. FASSBINDER'S THE THIRD GENERATION (1979) / by Kunstsaele

A film club screening and conversation on power relationships, media addiction, and capitalist hypocrisy hosted by Florian Wüst

Over the course of the previous Salon Populaire sessions, Florian Wüst presented a series of six mises-en-scène showing films and film excerpts that reflected the past and present of West Berlin as a tribute to the Salon's physical location in the city. Film City Berlin now continues in a film club setting, each time presenting a seminal feature length Berlin film followed by an open conversation after the screening. Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "The Third Generation" will make the start. 

In response to the Baader-Meinhof deaths, the plot follows an ineffective group of underground terrorists who plan to kidnap an industrialist. Fassbinder's script revolves around the concept that the state could invent left-wing terrorism in order to protect capital and to conceal its own growing totalitarianism. When the film was released in West Germany in September 1979, it mostly received negative reviews and scandalised both the left and the right. However, "The Third Generation" is now considered to be one of Fassbinder's best films, reveling in mordant political humor and visual grotesquery, and praised for its visionary critique of an all-encompassing information and media driven society.

Screening with English subtitles, discussion in English. 

A film club screening and conversation on power relationships, media addiction, and capitalist hypocrisy hosted by Florian Wüst.

The program starts at 8pm and the bar will be opened!