In collaboration with The Deutsches Filminstitut, Frankfurt am Main and Cinémathèque suisse, the 69th Festival del film Locarno has announced that it will feature a retrospective based on West German Cinema 1949 to 1963.
The program will be a part of next year’s festival and is intended to shed light on forgotten stories of the era. The retrospective has been curated by Olaf Möller and Roberto Turigliatto, who initiated their endeavor in pursuit of analyzing national cinemas.
Industry icons, including directors like Fritz Lang and Robert Siodmak, will be showcased in the retrospective; most notably because they ended their successful careers in Germany and influenced the next generation of innovative filmmakers like Géza von Radványi, Harald Braun and Peter Pewas. The retrospective will be conclude with films that delve into ambiguous genres that were overlooked in their time, including animation, documentary and avant-garde/experimental cinema.
Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Festival del film Locarno said of the announcement, “West German cinema, to which we are devoting this cinematic journey, is a prime example of an art too promptly rejected for being a purely commercial product. ‘Beloved and rejected’ however demonstrates the diversity and richness of a national cinema that has not only marked an entire generation seeking to reconstruct an identity, but was also able to leave its imprint on current practice, as shown by recent films made by Petzold and Graf.”
The homage to post-WWII West German Cinema will span throughout the globe even after the festival concludes. Institutions, like the Cinémathèque suisse in Lausanne, the Filmpodium in Zurich and the Rex cinema in Bern, the New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington have all confirmed to host events showcasing the retrospective’s features.