In the context of this year's event series 'Utopian pasts - Utopian futures? 500 years after Thomas More's Utopia' organised by the Departments of English, German and Philosophy, the Department of German is organising a film screening of 'Die Wand' (2012) based on the novel by the Austrian writer Marlen Haushofer.
The screening will take place on Thursday, 30 June at 18:00 at the KSU Tipico Careers Common Room; the film will be shown in German with English subtitles. A short introduction as an impulse for discussion will also be offered. This film screening is organised in collaboration with KSU - Kunsill Studenti Universitarji.
Abstract: The paradigmatic site of utopia – and of dystopia – is the city. But there is also a strong link between ideas of 'going back to nature' and utopian visions. And there are many post-apocalyptic, dystopian scenarios of being involuntarily thrown back – or forward – to a 'post-human' state of nature. In this context, the German-Austrian co-produced film, Die Wand (The Wall, 2012), is highly interesting: the story of a woman, cut off from the rest of the world in a hut and its surroundings in the Alps behind an invisible wall. This contemporary female Robinsonade – based on the acclaimed novel of the same title by Marlen Haushofer – is far from romanticising the relationship between (wo)man and nature, but shows the intensity, brutality but also gentleness and interdependency of (wo)man and animals, natural surroundings and the remains of civilisation. – Are there utopian seeds in this disturbing and nevertheless beautiful vision?
Detailed information on the movie is available online.
Updates about the Utopia events series is available on the Facebook page.