Laocoon & Sons: The Story of the Transformation of Esmeralda del Rio

(Laokoon & Söhne: Die Verwandlungsgeschichte der Esmeralda del Rio)

Digital Restoration
Available December 1

featuring

Tabea Blumenschein,

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Ottinger’s debut film already contains many of the elements that would appear in her later works: an extraordinary woman, an unusual country, and a chain of magic transformations that give rise to eccentric characterizations by an ensemble cast, here featuring Tabea Blumenschein in multiple roles. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Ottinger’s allegorical work explores themes of death, destruction, and resurrection. With striking camerawork reminiscent of the antics of avant-garde psychodramas, Laocoon & Sons is filled with an exuberant sense of life, myth, tradition, and magic.

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Ulrike Ottinger
Based On
  • A text by Chiquita Brook (Xavier Arrovuelo) and Ulrike Ottinger

Cinematographer
  • Ulrike Ottinger
Language
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • Digital streaming
  • 47 mins
Source
  • Arsenal
Followed By

Superbia—The Pride
(Superbia—Der Stolz)

Ulrike Ottinger, West Germany, 1986

FEATURING
Delphine Seyrig
Irm Hermann

Digital Restoration. In this segment of the omnibus film Seven Women, Seven Sins, Ottinger creates a richly colorful, allegorical montage of new and found footage informed by cultural tradition and history.

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Ulrike Ottinger
Cinematographer
  • Ulrike Ottinger
Language
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 15 mins
source
  • Arsenal