Departmental News


  • Populism, Immigration and Discrimination, Sep 22

    September 22, 2016 more

  • Tactility and Community, Sep 22-23

    September 22, 2016 more

  • After Hybridity: Grafting as a Model for Cultural Translation, Sep 21

    September 21, 2016

    "All translation" Walter Benjamin states in his essay The Task of the Translator, "is only a somewhat provisional way of coming to terms with the foreignness of languages." The notion of cultural translation as it was developed by postcolonial studies attempts to cope not only with the foreignness of language, more

  • Cinema Beyond Europe, Sep 19

    September 19, 2016

    Joining attention to aesthetic experimentation with a focus on sociopolitical concerns, this talk will offer a discussion of the ways recent cinematic and artistic works engage Europe's increasingly diverse and complex relationship to migration. With a focus on projects that explore the sociopolitical tensions that have surrounded migration in Europe more

  • Refugees at the European Gates, Aug 30

    August 30, 2016

    Migration to Europe for reasons of survival (esp. from Syria and Afghanistan) and for economic reasons has vastly increased since 2014. The massive movements are a challenge and also a test for the willingness of the (mostly affluent) European countries to deal with the issues on a political, a humanitarian more

  • Lightning over Water (Nicholas Ray, Wim Wenders, US/West Germany, 1980), Jun 24

    June 24, 2016

    When Nicholas Ray and Wim Wenders decided to make a film together, Ray had already undergone surgery for cancer. It was only after shooting began that the two directors fixed on the idea of taking their real-life situation as the film's fiction: Wenders and Ray deciding to make a film more

  • The State of Things (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1982), Jun 23

    June 23, 2016

    Stuck while his Hollywood film Hammett was on hiatus, Wenderscreated this self-reflective film-within-a-film about, of course, a filmmaker stuck on a Hollywood project. The film moves from the rocky Portuguese coast, where crew members wait out some very long days and nights as their science-fiction movie grinds to a halt, more

  • Under Electric Clouds (Aleksey German Jr., Russia/Ukraine/Poland, 2015), Jun 20

    June 20, 2016

    Bay Area Premiere!
    Featuring Louis Franck, Merab Ninidze, Viktoriya Korotkova, Chulpan Khamatova.

    “Everything is in chaos,” fittingly notes a character in Aleksey German, Jr.'s science-fiction look at a not-so-futuristic Russia. The film is set exactly one hundred years after the Russian Revolution amid a ruined, unfinished skyscraper, where assorted souls wander in more

  • The Left-Handed Woman (Peter handke, West Germany, 1978), Jun 19

    June 19, 2016

    Wenders produced this exquisite film written and directed by Peter Handke. "A married woman living in the suburbs of Paris separates from her husband and begins adjusting to a life alone. As the banal particulars of her daily routine proceed in a rigorously poetic fashion, every spoken word and gesture more

  • The American Friend (Wim Wenders, West Germany, 1977), Jun 18

    June 18, 2016

    Wenders's first “commercial” film merges his usual steadily presented musings on European identity, American culture, and cinema with some surprising new ingredients, from pulp-thriller source material—Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game—to a star turn from the manic, ever-destabilizing Dennis Hopper. A dying clockmaker (Bruno Ganz) meets a seedy American (Hopper, of course) more