THE LONG SUMMER OF THEORY
(Der lange Sommer der Theorie)
Irene von Alberti,
Theatrical release: November 23, 2017
Cinemas in Berlin: (* with English subtitles)
- Lichtblick Kino (Prenzl. Berg):
Sa 02/17 19:00h
Sa 02/24 19:00h
Su 02/25 19:00h
Sa 03/03 17:30h
Cinemas in other cities:
Hannover: Lodderbast 2/24 / Q&A with Irene von Alberti 2/26 19h
Celle: Kino achteinhalb - Q&A with Irene von Alberti 2/27 19:30h
Oberhausen: Kino im Walzenlager 5/24 to 5/29
More cinemas and dates soon
“What is to be done?“ three women with artistic and creative professions in temporary living conditions are wondering. They are sharing a flat in an old building close to Berlin Central Station. The area is one of the city‘s last remaining gaps between buildings. They decide to end their flat share as soon as the first trenches will be dug.
With mixed feelings they are heading towards the time when their spontaneous life comes to an end, which means they have to make one or more (life) decisions eventually. The current flat is a symbol for their own life scripts so far: unformed and all bets are off but it already starts to be uncomfortable. They spend the remaining days in their flat with friends, celebrations, discussions and the strong feeling for the dawning of a new era.
“Der lange Sommer der Theorie“ (The long summer of theory) is a collection of staged episodes for a movie the three women are shooting. In a discursive and entertainig way the demand for political action is framed and put into practice. Real authors appear in the movie and reflect the life of the three women on the basis of theoretical, sociological and philosophical texts. That way they review the suitability for daily use of words. At the end of the film the move-out and the departure into political awareness is due “What is to be done?“ becomes “Let‘s do it!“
With Julia Zange, Katja Weilandt and Martina Schöne-Radunski!
"The spirit of rebellion will be in the air at the Munich Film Festival, which will be occupied by movies focusing on young people protesting against how their societies are run and seeking out a new utopia.
One of the German films that reflects the theme of “creative resistance” is “The Long Summer of Theory,” says Christoph Groener, who programs the New German Cinema section. The film reflects the feeling among the young that “what is needed is to move from solipsistic thinking to practical doing.” Irene von Alberti’s pic centers on three women whose apartment is threatened by property speculators. They decide to change their lives, and are “trying to think of new creative forms of living together” that incorporate a sense of “social solidarity.” The movie “wants to create a new activism where the film itself might be just a starting point and wants to infuse audiences with the need to talk to each other and find ways to create a new society, a new utopia, in which we can thrive,” says Groener.“ (Variety "Munich Festival Fosters Summer of Rebellion" by Leo Barraclough)
Awards and Festivals
- Filmfest München 2017 - Uraufführung am 24.06.2017 im ARRI Kino
- Festival des deutschen Films - Ludwigshafen am Rhein 2017
- Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival (NIHRFF) 2017
- Filmz - Festival des deutschen Kinos 2017