AWL_031 KLASSENVERHÄLTNISSE by Jean Marie Straub + Danièle Huillet

Even though it might be one of Straub + Huillet's more accesible films, Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations) is still a highly rigorous work, and rarely screened in the Netherlands.

Klassenverhältnisse by Jean-Marie Straub + Danièle Huillet  1984, France/Germany, 127", German w/ English subtitles

Klassenverhältnisse by Jean-Marie Straub + Danièle Huillet
1984, France/Germany, 127", German w/ English subtitles

The film is based on Franz Kafka's unfinished first novel, Amerika (Der Verschollene, posthumously published in 1927). It takes place at a non-specified moment in the 20th century, in which we follow the sixteen-year-old Karl Rossman, who has accidentally impregnated a domestic servant in his German hometown. To avoid a scandal, his parents send him off to find a job in New York City. He encounters an America of unwarranted optimism and confusing moral codes, while struggling through increasingly complex situations as the story unfolds.

As in all of their films, Straub + Huillet's cinematographic language is specific and precise, combining a highly theatrical approach with documentary strategies such as the strict use of location sound, recorded at the same time as the image.

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Klassenverhältnisse (Class Relations)
by Jean-Marie Straub + Danièle Huillet
with Karl Rossmann, Laura Betti, Harun Farocki, ao
1984, France/Germany, 127", German w/ English subtitles

Wednesday May 29th 2019
Doors open: 20.15
Start screening: 20.30
pre sale tickets: WORM
Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam