The Enchantment of the Blue Sailors

Die Betörung der blauen Matrosen
Ulrike Ottinger
1975 • FRG • 50’
© Ulrike Ottinger

A young bird woman fights an older one. They are watched by two sailors who share a kiss in front of a painted backdrop; a tear in it transports them to the garden of earthly delights. A typical metamorphosis for early Ottinger’s work, in which narrative unfolds as a collage, different languages are spoken, everything is unstable and everyone’s sex is reversed. Fictional fantastic creatures are played by equally fantastic creatures from real life, such as the legendary actress Valeska Gert, as well as major queer filmmakers Rosa von Praunheim and Frank Ripploh.

21 Oct / 19:00 / 87’
Cinemateca – Sala M. F. Ribeiro
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Ulrike Ottinger Retrospective