Revolverkino at the Gropius Bau

The world isn’t a sad place, it’s just big

With “Niña Mamá” by Andrea Testa and “Leave Her to Heaven” by John M. Stahl

Titled after a quote by the late Jean-Luc Godard and inspired by the exhibition YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal, this edition of Revolverkino explores the themes of care, repair and healing in cinema over three consecutive evenings.

Past Dates

Niña Mamá (Mother-Child) (Andrea Testa, Argentina, 2019), Spanish with English subtitles, 18:30

In an Argentine public hospital, we eavesdrop on the voices of pregnant teenage girls in a treatment room, who must make a decision about the new life growing inside them. With calm, static shots in shades of grey, this award-winning documentary approaches the human core of a society shaken by social injustice without prejudice and with care.

A black and white film still with two people read as female. Both are holding a baby in their arms.

Film still from “Niña Mamá”

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Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, USA, 1945), English, 19:50

A successful writer falls in love with a young socialite, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of them both. John M. Stahl’s film about a woman who perishes under her own passion is charged with allusions to Greek mythology and the misogynies of the noir genre. It was shot in spectacular Technicolor, making it the first film noir in colour.

The picture shows a person read as female in a white blazer. She is sitting on a picture and her facial features give her a stern look.

Film still from “Leave Her to Heaven”

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