70 Years of Berliner Festspiele
Channel Sixteen. Breaking News
Thilo Fischer und David von der Stein
Sound: Max Heesen
4:3, Stereo, 2021
Eleven minutes of television erupts, dealing with the Berliner Festwochen. The television reports from 1951 to 1987 reveal, with their sharp juxtaposition and vibrant musicality, the observant, judgmental, illustrative, oversimplifying and lurid tone of public reporting.
- 11 min
- German, no subtitles
The 11-minute film “Breaking News” puts the official reporting in focus: how was the festival Berliner Festwochen seen between 1951 and 1987, how was it commented on and what political events was it marked by? What emerges is a process of emancipation for the Berliner Festwochen, an institution caught between foreign policy and cultural policy mandates, the American allies, a national spirit of optimism, and an infinite amount of art and culture that demanded to be shown and discussed again after 1945. Emancipation is achieved primarily through the programme itself turning towards political, activist, experimental and avant-garde forms of art that include cultural and artistic spectrums beyond the Central European horizon. It is a televisual feast.