"Deliriously sumptuous and transgressive, Ulrike Ottinger's world can hardly be confused with humdrum reality. Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels, a journey alternately dazzling, infuriating, hilarious, and rewarding. Mongolian nomads, feral feminists, and Shanghai and Jewish culture rub elbows in the oeuvre of a unique filmmaker who combines an outlaw's spirit and an ethnographer's eye with an artist's sense of wonder" (Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice)
UNDER SNOW the new film by Ulrike Ottinger
Munich: Haus der Kunst
So Much I Want to Say: From Annemiek to Mother Courage – Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst
Exhibition 19.04.13 - 12.01.2014
Opening: 18.04.13, 7 pm
Works by female artists constitute nearly half of the pieces in Ingvild Goetz's collection of media art. These works represent and illustrate the key stages of the feminist discourse and feminist film theory since the 1970s. With works by Chantal Akerman, Andrea Bowers, Rineke Dijkstra, Cheryl Donegan, Mona Hatoum, Lucy McKenzie & Paulina Olowska, Tracey Moffatt, Ulrike Ottinger, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, and T.J. Wilcox
Part of the presentation ist Ulrike Ottinger's JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA (1989, 165 Min.).
Haus der Kunst
UNDER SNOW DVD release on July 20th!
In Echigo in Japan the snow often lies several feet deep well into May covering landscape and villages. Over the centuries the inhabitants have organised their lives accordingly. In order to record their very distinctive forms of everyday life, their festivals and religious rituals Ulrike Ottinger journeyed to the mythical snow country – accompanied by two Kabuki performers. Taking the parts of the students Takeo and Mako they follow in the footsteps of Bokushi Suzuki who in the mid-19th century wrote his remarkable book “Snow Country Tales”.
A beautiful vixen fox leads the two protagonists astray and they undergo a wondrous metamorphosis. As a man and woman of the Edo period they now travel through the past and again and again encounter the present.
Autumn 2011: Premiere UNTER SCHNEE - Exhibitions at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein - - Hannah Höch Prize Awarding - Film series at Arsenal
Between September 2011 and January 2011 numerous Ulrike Ottinger-related events are taking place in Berlin. On 7th September the exhibition Floating Food opens in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. On 9th September her new film Under Snow will also have its premiere there. On 25th September Ulrike Ottinger will be awarded the Hannah Höch Prize of the Berlin Senate. On the same day to mark the occasion an exhibition opens at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein which will for the first time show her early paintings. To accompany these events from 18th September 2011 to 22nd January 2012 the Kino Arsenal is showing a selection of her films in a 12 part series accompanied by conversations and introductions. Each of the exhibitions will be accompanied by an artist’s book published by the Walther König Verlag.
In preparation: THE BLOOD COUNTESS
Impatiently awaiting the arrival of her devoted maid Hermine, the countess Erzsébeth Báthory, also known as La Comtesse Sanglante, a tigress in human disguise, ascends into the open daylight.
At breathtaking speed, the two women race through a Vienna of ghoulish beauty. This is a cracked journey to the roots of a myth that has lost nothing of its appeal: to the Vampyre Empire!
Starring Tilda Swinton and Isabelle Huppert!
Award of the German film critique: PRATER
People, monsters, sensations. The beguiling images in Ulrike Ottinger’s Prater transform this mythical Viennese attraction into a cinematic experience. A captivating succession of intention and coincidence, an amusement ride through time and space. An complex film that makes us think and laugh.
Award of the German film critique 2007: best documentary!