East Meets West: The Films of Ulrike Ottinger

March 8–June 28, 2020

In conjunction with the MATRIX exhibition of her photographs, Ulrike Ottinger returns to BAMPFA for a series of her films, which encompass ethnography, history, and fantasy. “Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels” (Village Voice).

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  • Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia

  • Twelve Chairs

  • Chamisso's Shadow

  • Taiga

  • Prater

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Upcoming Films

  • CANCELED: Twelve Chairs

    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 2004

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    • Tuesday, April 7 6:30 PM
    • Wednesday, May 20 7 PM

    Ottinger’s glorious adaptation of a 1920s Ukrainian Soviet satire is both a picaresque post-revolutionary tale of avarice and a fascinating document of Ukraine circa 2004.

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  • CANCELED: Under Snow

    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, Japan, 2011

    All film screenings and public programs at BAMPFA have been temporarily canceled. Learn more

    Digital Restoration

    • Friday, April 24 4 PM

    In a film that is part documentary, part myth, Ottinger transports us to the Echigo region of northwestern Japan, where heavy snow blankets the landscape for more than half the year and distinctive ways of life have evolved.

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  • Prater

    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, Austria, 2007

    Imported 35mm Print

    • Thursday, June 4 7 PM

    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.

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  • Taiga, Parts 1–6

    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 1992

    Digital Restoration

    • Sunday, June 7 12 PM

    Ottinger’s serenely beautiful, eight-hour ethnographic project Taiga is a study in epic time, a journey through northern Mongolia structured in ten parts. This screening includes parts one through six. “Fascinating . . . a landmark in the West’s attempts to represent the East” (Cinemaya).

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  • Taiga, Parts 7–10

    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 1992

    Digital Restoration

    • Sunday, June 7 6 PM
    • Sunday, June 14 12 PM

    As Ottinger’s epic Mongolian trek moves toward its conclusion, the narrative shifts from the wilderness to the towns of the Mongolian-Russian period, ending in the urban environs of Ulaanbaatar.

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  • Freak Orlando

    Ulrike Ottinger
    West Germany, 1981

    Digital Restoration

    • Wednesday, June 24 7 PM

    “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.

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  • Countdown

    Ulrike Ottinger
    Germany, 1990

    30th Anniversary Screening!

    • Sunday, June 28 1 PM

    In this observational documentary filmed in Berlin and environs over the ten-day period leading up to the unification of the German currencies on July 1, 1990, Ottinger captures a city and a world on the brink of transition.

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Past Films