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.
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