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A Church of Fear vs. The Alien Within (Christoph Schlingensief - DVD Edition)

A CHURCH OF FEAR VS. THE ALIEN WITHIN (CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF - DVD EDITION) (Eine Kirche der Angst vor dem Fremden in mir (Christoph Schlingensief - DVD Edition)) Christoph Schlingensief, D 2008, 370 min

With his theater and art actions, as a filmmaker and opera director, Christoph Schlingensief (1960 – 2010) shaped cultural and political discourse in Germany over two decades. His Fluxus Oratorio “A Church of Fear vs. The Alien Within” is devoted to his cancer diagnosis that same year.

Fear is the rock on which Schlingensief builds his church. In it he probes his relationship to God and to himself; it is a journey to himself. The church interior is modeled on that of his hometown Church of the Sacred Heart in Oberhausen. He creates images, confessions and litanies that trace the intruder and examine the fear of death.

Content / DVD:

  • „A Church of Fear vs. The Alien Within“ (Ruhrtriennale 2008, 28.9.2008, 91 min.)*
  • „A Church of Fear vs. The Alien Within“ (Theatertreffen 2009, 2.5.2009, 88 min.)
  • Fluxus Oratory films (2008, 16mm, 5 films: 21 min.)
  • Christoph Schlingensief – Interview (Sibylle Dahrendorf, 2008, 5 min.)
  • Christoph Schlingensief – „Tolerance Belt" (2008, 5 min.)
  • Stage installation, German Pavilion – La Biennale di Venezia 2011 (2./3.6.2011, 6 min.)
  • Duisburg Fluxus 16mm / About the genesis of the films (Heta Multanen, 2018, 36 min.)
  • Prompt book excerpts (rehearsal, 20.9.2008)
  • „The Intermediary State of Things“ (Maxim Gorki Theater, Studio, Berlin, 6/2008, 68 min)
  • Christoph Schlingensief – Interview with Alexandra Kluge (, 2008, 24 min)
  • Original Leporello of the Ruhrtriennale


to be continued

Christoph Schlingensief @ Filmgalerie 451

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