Cycling the Frame
GER 1988, 27 min
Berlin-based British filmmaker Cynthia Beatt and actress Tilda Swinton follow the Wall on the west side of Berlin.
In 1988, the British director Cynthia Beatt, who is based in Berlin, conceived a special cinematic bike tour. She selected a number of places along the 160 km long border where the young Tilda Swinton cycled along and thus apparently circled the island of West Berlin once. Today CYCLING THE FRAME is a rare historic document and Tilda Swinton is one of the world’s most admired performers.
In June 2009, Cynthia Beatt and Tilda Swinton re-traced the line of the Wall that once isolated Berlin from East and West Germany. THE INVISIBLE FRAME describes this journey, a Wall’s fall and 21 years later, through varied landscapes, this time on both sides of the former Wall.
The quiet indie film juxtaposes the two countries by showing a carefree and even playful West Berlin against the nearly 12-ft high concrete barrier, policed by armed guards. Unknowingly, the two captured history as the divide between the cities would fall a year later. – Filmed 21 years apart, ‘Cycling the Frame’ and ‘The Invisible Frame’ offer a poetic and compelling portrait of two eras. (Hannah Hummel, sleek-mag.com)
CYCLING THE FRAME by Cynthia Beatt (GER 1988, 27 min)
PARALLEL SCENES 1988/2009 - CYCLING THE FRAME and THE INVISIBLE FRAME by Cynthia Beatt
Hans Werner Beyer