RETROSPECTIVE OF GERMAN DIRECTOR – CHRISTIAN SCHWOCHOW
25th March | 04:00 PM
The Stein Auditorium
Synopsis: In 1900, budding artist Paula Becker‘s options are limited. The exuberant 24-year-old woman could become a wife or work as a governess or teacher. Although painting is not an acceptable vocation for a woman in her provincial Germany, she is permitted to study at the Worpswede artists‘ colony under the tutelage of Fritz Mackensen. Frustrated with precision and accuracy, she risks letting her emotions guide her brush, and she boldly turns to village peasants as subjects. Paula flourishes in the countryside artistic community, where she develops close friendships with artist Clara Westhoff and poet Rainer Maria Rilke.
Paula is determined to first become a recognized artist, and then start a family. By marrying fellow Worpswede painter Otto Modersohn, she hopes to also find her creative soulmate. Widower Otto allows her to continue painting while assuming her domestic and social duties as a good wife and caretaker for his young daughter Elsbeth. Despite Otto‘s warnings, Paula continues to reject the conventional and ex-plore her own style of scratching into wet paint to add a distinct texture.
Five years of domesticity take its toll on Paula‘s spirit, and bustling modern Paris calls. Paula travels alone to the City of Lights, where she is reunited with her old friends Clara and Rilke, and she studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She soon begins a romantic affair with Parisian lover Georges. In fluenced by the male chauvinistic attitudes of the time, alienated Otto becomes critical of Paula‘s new bohemian lifestyle and threatens to stop financing her Paris stays. But headstrong Paula is unstoppable: she embarks on a period that will become her strongest and most compelling; a long- awaited period of creative fulfillment and self-realization…
Entry Free: Passes available at the Programmes desk from March 1st for Habitat Film Club members only. Open to all from March 6th at the venue and online at www.habitatinternationalfilmfestival.com