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The Memory of Violence

10.02.2015 - Ralph Eue, Marcel Ophüls, Joshua Oppenheimer

    How is it possible to look back into history, expose inconvenient truth and revive the personal memories of those who have been part of it? In this session, lauded director Joshua Oppenheimer (THE LOOK OF SILENCE) joins documentary film virtuoso Marcel Ophüls (THE MEMORY OF JUSTICE) for an in-depth discussion on the expressions of remembrance, performance and memory in their films. The two acclaimed documentarians will address the search for truth in the aftermath of history’s darkest episodes, as well as how they create and preserve cinematic spaces in their films that ensure dignity and respect for the protagonists and their often traumatic experiences.


    Ralph Eue

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    German film journalist and curator. He has been publishing and translating writings on film since 1980 and was an editor of the famed German film magazine Filmkritik. He curated the Berlinale Retrospektive Section in 2005 and works as a consultant for cultural institutions worldwide.

    Marcel Ophüls

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    Legendary French writer and director. After apprenticing with John Huston and directing his feature debut BANANA PEEL, starring Jeanne Moreau and Jean-Paul Belmondo, with the help of Claude Sautet and François Truffaut, he turned to documentaries. His films THE SORROW AND THE PITY, THE MEMORY OF JUSTICE and HOTEL TERMINUS were groundbreaking in their depiction of Nazi-occupied France and the Resistance and brought him awards in Cannes and Berlin as well as an Oscar and a BAFTA. He also directed NOVEMBER DAYS about the East German revolution in 1989. At the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, Marcel will be awarded the Berlinale Camera.

    Joshua Oppenheimer

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    American documentary filmmaker based in Copenhagen. His film THE ACT OF KILLING about the mid-1960s genocide in Indonesia won several awards at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award and won a European Film Award. His follow-up THE LOOK OF SILENCE took no less than five awards from last year's Venice Film Festival and is featured in this year's Berlinale Special.