Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Angst Essen Seelen Auf aka Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is at once an intimate depiction of a relationship and a critical portrayal of the social context it takes place in. In it, a lonely widow meets a much younger Arab worker in a bar during a rainstorm. They fall in love, to their own surprise—and to the outright shock of their families, colleagues, and drinking buddies.
Fassbinder not only directed this highlight of German New Wave cinema, he also scripted, designed, and produced it. We will show it in a fully restored version, supervised by director of photography Jürgen Jürges.
Here you'll find a short and sharp analysis by Todd Haynes, who directed Far from Heaven (2002), which was based on Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (1955), also a major inspiration for Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.
The feature film will be preceded by the Dutch premiere of Hotel Punta del Este, a short documentary by Argentinean photographer Luis Sens. In terms of form, it’s a rough counterpart to Fassbinder’s masterpiece; substantively, it chillingly connects its themes to our contemporary situation.
Angst Essen Seelen Auf aka Ali: Fear Eats the Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Wednesday 23 November 2016
doors open: 8.15 PM
address: Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam