Architecture on Film: Berlinmuren + Rabbit à la Berlin

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall, two idiosyncratic films tell two of its more unusual stories: the love affair and marriage between a Swedish woman and the wall itself, and a rabbit's-eye perspective of the its rise and fall.

Starts:

07:00pm, Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Until:

08:30pm, Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Venue

Cinema 1
Barbican Centre, Level -2
Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tickets

Standard:
£12.00

AF Members:
£9.60 (Please contact AF for promotional discount code)

Concessions:
£11.00

Young Barbican:
£5

Tel (9am-8pm):
+44 (0)20 7638 8891

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Berlinmuren


In 1979, Swedish woman Eija Riitta consolidated her long time love affair with the Berlin Wall by marrying it, taking the name of her new husband – Berliner Mauer – as her surname. Artist Lars Laumann presents the story of their romance and marriage: a love that transcended distances, their age gap, politics and conventions.

Identifying as ‘objectum-sexual’ – a person sexually attracted to objects – and a firm believer in the animistic equality between objects, people, plants and animals, from the sanctuary of her domestic ‘Museum of Models and Guillotines’ Eija narrates her and her husband’s romance and history, and the threats to their marriage posed by a love triangle and her partner’s violation in November 1989 – something she will never forgive Germany, the USA or David Hasselhoff for.

(2008, Lars Laumann, 24 mins)

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Rabbit à la Berlin


Rabbit a la Berlin
 shows a very different side to the rise and fall of the wall, from the perspective of the many thousands of rabbits that comfortably called its Death Strip home. As barbed wire turns to concrete in Potsdamer Platz, and strangely behaving humans erect structures of unknown purpose stretching for hundreds of kilometers, a paradisiacal ‘rabbitland’ flourishes in the ‘meadows’ – until the landowners change their perspectives, kinship between guards and furry residents turns sour, and the fall of the wall forces the rabbits to adjust to a very different way of life in West Berlin.

If Werner Herzog remade Watership Down, this would be his template.
- Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

Weaving archive footage and interviews, satire and sincerity, into a fairytale-like fable, the film’s true story offers a vivid and alternate history, a grounds-eye view of a geopolitical ground zero, with more than a few resonances to be found between rabbit and human experiences of a divided, enclosed Berlin. 

(Poland/Germany, 2009, Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski, 50 mins)