The Specimen

Das Exemplar
Ulrike Ottinger
2002 • Germany • 19’
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Afraid of revolutionaries, a 1905 layman went into lethargic sleep and spent twenty years in a museum of the past era as a specimen of his class. Until he awakened… Ottinger’s adaptation of a grotesque short story by Odessa-born Valentin Kataev is part of the monumental project Südostpassage, but this segment has individual merit as a stand-alone piece thanks to a stylized theatrical style in the spirit of the Soviet art from the 1920s. The little-known story was only adapted for the screen once in the writer’s own country: as a comedy sketch in the TV show Humour Encyclopaedia (1968).

28 Oct / 19:00 / 84’
Cinemateca – Sala M. F. Ribeiro
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Ulrike Ottinger Retrospective