April 06

THE BITTER TEARS OF RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER: A COLLABORATION WITH THE MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

7:00PM – QUERELLE

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
 (1982) 108 mins R18+

Fassbinder’s final film—a multinational production released posthumously just months after his tragic death—is an adaptation of one of Jean Genet’s most lurid and scandalous novels depicting the murderous, criminal and sexual exploits of a young psychopathic sailor (Brad Davis) in the port of Brest. Eschewing the characteristically blunt and direct naturalistic style that defined his filmmaking throughout the 1970s, Fassbinder further develops his experiments with colourful, Anger-esque expressionism initiated in Lola. With Jeanne Moreau and Franco Nero.

CTEQ ANNOTATION
The Betrayals of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s ‘Querelle’ by Claire Henry.


9:00PM – THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
 (1972) 122 mins M

Fassbinder adapts his own play about an emotionally sadistic fashion designer and the handful of women who visit her in the garish bedroom in which she holds court. The film’s long takes, deep focus cinematography and dispassionate, faux-theatrical style work against the melodrama of the material, creating a dissonance that allows Fassbinder’s searingly critical self-portrait to show up in sharp relief. The all-female ensemble of Fassbinder regulars (Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla and Irm Hermann) creates a memorable gallery of desperate grotesques.

Whose are the Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant? by Cerise Howard.


The Melbourne Cinémathèque is pleased to continue its collaboration, inaugurated in 2015, with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia’s preeminent queer film event and Melbourne’s second biggest film festival. This partnership presents a chance to explore the rich historical roots of the queer cinematic canon through the festival’s first ‘Pioneers’ program.

mqff

February 5
OPENING NIGHT

February 12 – February 26
VITTORIO DE SICA: CINEMA, ITALIAN STYLE

March 4 – March 18
LIGHT AND SHADOW: THE MERCURIAL STARDOM OF MARLENE DIETRICH

March 23 – April 6
CAST A DARK SHADOW: THE BEAUTIFUL SADNESS OF DIRK BOGARDE

April 13 – April 29
THE BIG CARNIVAL: THE FILMS OF BILLY WILDER

May 6 – May 20
“LIFE’S PARADE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS”: DOUGLAS SIRK

May 27 – June 10
WILDFLOWERS: DANCING, DESIRE AND FREEDOM IN THE FILMS OF GILLIAN ARMSTRONG

June 17 – July 1
DRIFTING STATES: THE FILMS OF APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

July 8
AT HOME IN THE WORLD: CECIL HOLMES, ACTIVIST FILMMAKER

July 15 – July 29
HIROSHI SHIMIZU: FORGOTTEN MASTER

September 2 – September 16
JEAN COCTEAU: THE POETRY OF DREAMS

September 23 – September 30
QUEERING THE ARCHIVE: THE CINEMA OF BARBARA HAMMER

October 7 – October 14
GALLOWS BACCHANALIAS, FRACTIOUS FAIRY-TALES AND THE RULE OF THREE: THE CINEMA OF JURAJ JAKUBISKO

October 21 – November 4
REACHING BEYOND THE FRAME: THE POETIC CINEMA OF ABBAS KIAROSTAMI

November 11 – November 25
BORSCHT, SAUERKRAUT, GOULASH AND LEMONADE: AN INTRODUCTION TO OSTERNS AND RED WESTERNS

December 2 – December 16
THE LAND IS OURS: YOUSSEF CHAHINE