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After Winter Comes Spring (Winter Adé) + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
October 2022
After Winter Comes Spring (Winter Adé), dir. Helke Misselwitz, GDR 1988, 116 min., German with English subtitles. Image courtesy of DEFA Stiftung, Thomas Plenert.


‘At the age of forty I again leave the town of my childhood in order to discover how others have lived, how they would like to live. On the journey we will talk with each other, meeting at work or at home, by arrangement and also by chance. Sometimes we will only look at them – women and girls of this land.’

Travelling from her hometown near Zwickau in the south to the northern coast, Misselwitz journeys through East Germany by train, encountering a broad range of women along the way. From two young runaways to a couple celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary, to a woman who runs a children’s home, we encounter people from all walks of life sharing intimate confessions about their struggles, hopes and desires. Featuring beautiful black and white photography from cinematographer Thomas Plenert, this award-winning documentary caused a sensation upon its release, and is often considered to be Misselwitz’s most significant film.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Helke Misselwitz via Zoom.

‘Over and above the almost sensational signal it sent at the time, After Winter Comes Spring Winter Adé continues to be an artistically important and aesthetically coherent film, in which the interaction between directing, cinematography and editing yields a composition that one could almost call choreographic. But above all it is the accuracy and tenderness of its observations that make the film stand out in late DEFA film history.’ 
 
02:30 pm
Sun, 25 Sep 2022
Cinema 1

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