program

FILMS

Exil Shanghai

74 films in 13 categories
Ulrike Ottinger
Germany, Israel
275'


1997
Photo Film

V.O.

German

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Exil Shanghai

CATEGORY

ULRIKE OTTINGER - CINEMA WITHOUT FRONTIERS

synopsis

”Exile Shanghai” is an odyssey telling the life stories of six German, Austrian, and Russian Jews, who found refuge in Shanghai from the persecution they experienced in their respective countries - from Sephardim in the mid-19th century, to Russian emigrants escaping pogroms, to Europeans fleeing the Third Reich’s Extermination Policy. It depicts a lost community full of contradictions, in between the luxurious colonial life, the social and gastronomic delights of Vienna and Berlin, the existence of a queer scene next to the misery of the new ghettos, and the enormous changes that would follow - war, Japanese occupation, revolution. Ulrike Ottinger mainly chooses to edit memories of these people with images of Shanghai today, thus triggering our imagination: we can see in our mental screen what is not there anymore. (Vanina Vignal)


awards and festivals

Berlin International Film Festival - International Forum of Young Films 1997 – World Premiere

Toronto International Film Festival 1997
San Francisco International Film Festival 1997

distributor

Arsenal Berlin

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