Kneipenscreening – Warm-up mit kurzen Filmen von Klaus Wildenhahn

Thursday May 31th | 19:00 h | Kiez Klause, Gerhardtstraße 8 | Free admission

50 years ago, Klaus Wildenhahn shot ›Heiligabend auf St Pauli‹ in a red-light district bar. For the longest time, the exact location had been unknown, but now the cat’s out of the bag: It’s the Kiez Klause at Gerhardstraße 8.

This is where Klaus Wildenhahn will come with a short film reel about St Pauli: small studies from the neighbourhood in the early 90s – about FC St Pauli fans, the baker around the corner and his Japanese wife’s shop at the Hein-Hoyer-Straße. These miniatures formed ›Noch einmal HH4: Reeperbahn nebenan‹ in which the soundtrack doesn’t consist of a descriptive commentary but Wildehahn’s soft, distinct and poetic words.

Klaus Wildenhahn is one of the most influential contemporary German documentary film makers. His extensive work includes films about working environments, the Hamburg insurrection of 1923, Harlem Theatre or the first post-unification strike in Brandenburg. He repeatedly made films about artists such as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, worker-poet Günther Westerhoff or choreographer Pina Bausch and her ensemble, whose work he correlated with the world of Ruth Grün, a worker from Wuppertal.

These days, Klaus Wildenhahn considers himself to be a fossil of a time long gone. Even though his films were never easy to properly categorize, back in the day, he used to see them »in an environment which was generally experimentally open-minded«. Time for a rediscovery!