Afterimage: Ulrike Ottinger

March 1–May 17, 2019

The German filmmaker joins us for a weeklong residency. From fantastical feminist fictions to ethnographic explorations, her films reflect a keen and wide-ranging eye for the marvelous.

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  • Chamisso's Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters

  • Ticket of No Return

  • Freak Orlando

  • The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press

  • Upcoming
    Films
  • Past
    Films
  • Past
    Events

Upcoming Films

Past Events

  • Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 PM

    Mosse Lecture: Ulrike Ottinger

    The filmmaker in residence presents an illustrated lecture discussing her approach to the visual design of her films, as well as her research methods for nonfiction projects.

Past Films

  • Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 3: Kamchatka and Bering Island

    • Friday, April 5 6:30 PM
    • Sunday, April 7 3 PM
    • Friday, May 17 6:30 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 2016

    Ottinger’s Bering Sea voyage concludes with the peninsula of Kamchatka and Bering Island.

  • Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 2, Part 2: Chukotka and Wrangel Island

    • Friday, March 29 6:30 PM
    • Sunday, March 31 3 PM
    • Friday, May 10 6:30 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 2016

    Ottinger travels from Chukotka to the remote outpost of Wrangel Island as her journey continues.

  • Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 2, Part 1: Chukotka

    • Friday, March 22 6:30 PM
    • Sunday, March 24 3 PM
    • Friday, May 3 6:30 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 2016

    The second chapter in Ottinger’s Arctic exploration takes her to Chukotka in the Russian Far East.

  • Chamisso’s Shadow: A Journey to the Bering Sea in Three Chapters. Chapter 1: Alaska and the Aleutian Islands

    • Friday, March 15 6:30 PM
    • Sunday, March 17 3 PM
    • Friday, April 26 6:30 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 2016

    Ottinger traces the paths of past explorers in a multipart exploration of the peoples, landscapes, and legends of the Bering Sea. This extraordinarily beautiful work is perhaps Ottinger’s magnum opus.

  • Freak Orlando

    • Saturday, March 16 7:30 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    West Germany, 1981

    Digital Restoration

    “Virginia Woolf meets the German camp underground in this extravaganza of performance art and oddity” (Jonathan Rosenbaum). Ottinger’s gender-bending, boundary-breaking fantasy of world history features Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, and Eddie Constantine.

  • Mosse Lecture: Ulrike Ottinger

    • Tuesday, March 12 6:30 PM

    The filmmaker in residence presents an illustrated lecture discussing her approach to the visual design of her films, as well as her research methods for nonfiction projects.

  • Exile Shanghai

    • Sunday, March 10 12 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 1997

    Digital Restoration

    Fascinating and rich with wry humor, Exile Shanghai is an extraordinary cultural odyssey that affectionately conjures up the lost Jewish world of 1930s Shanghai.

    Ulrike Ottinger in Person

  • Prater

    • Friday, March 8 3 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, Austria, 2007

    Ottinger’s award-winning documentary on the Prater amusement park in Vienna draws a parallel between the illusionary business of carnival freak shows and the bygone era of a cinema of attractions.

    Ulrike Ottinger in Person

  • The Image of Dorian Gray in the Yellow Press

    • Friday, March 8 7 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    West Germany, 1984

    Digital Restoration
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    Delphine Seyrig plays Dr. Mabuse, the unscrupulous president of a multinational press conglomerate scheming up a new plan for world domination, in Ottinger’s Langian exploration of media manipulation.

    Ulrike Ottinger in Person

  • Ticket of No Return

    • Thursday, March 7 7 PM
    Ulrike Ottinger
    West Germany, 1979

    Digital Restoration

    A dive into Berlin’s seedy underside, courtesy of two women drinking themselves into oblivion. With appearances by Magdalena Montezuma, Nina Hagen, Eddie Constantine, and other cult stars.

    Ulrike Ottinger and B. Ruby Rich in Conversation

  • Ulrike Ottinger: Nomad from the Lake

    • Friday, March 1 4 PM
    Brigitte Kramer
    Germany, 2012

    This personal portrait of the idiosyncratic German artist, filmmaker, and feminist traces her artistic development and offers insights into her singular body of work.