Institute of Contemporary Arts

The European premiere of Loretta Fahrenholz’s Two A.M. followed by a conversation between Fahrenholz and Steven Cairns, ICA Curator of Artists’ Film and Moving Image. 

Loretta Fahrenholz’s Two A.M. (2019) is a hallucinogenic tale of coercion, control and peer-to-peer surveillance, set on the fringes of contemporary Berlin. Based on Irmgard Keun’s 1937 novel After Midnight, Fahrenholz draws on the accounts of Sanna, the book’s protagonist and narrator as she experiences the rise of Nazism in pre-war Germany. 

In Two A.M., Sanna is pitted against a controlling group of mind-reading ‘Watchers’, after she escapes from their community in rural Germany. Arriving in Berlin, Sanna attempts to reconnect with her sister Algin, a blacklisted pop singer. As the possibility of freedom seems just within reach, events conspire against Sanna and her lover Franz in a surreal fever dream of desire, voyeurism and political uncertainty.


Loretta Fahrenholz, Two A.M. (2019), DCP, colour, sound, 80 min.

Loretta Fahrenholz (b. 1981 in Starnberg) lives and work in Berlin and New York. Recent films include My Throat, My Air (2013), Ditch Plains (2013), Grand Openings Return of the Blogs (2012), Que Bárbara (2011), Implosion (2011) and Haust (2010).

Book tickets
07:00 pm
Sat, 05 Oct 2019

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