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Journeys From Berlin/1971
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A woman's face up against a building entrance with an apex roof
Journeys From Berlin/1971, dir. Yvonne Rainer, USA / UK / West Germany 1980, 125 min., English

Rainer’s fourth feature, inspired by her experiences living in West Berlin in 1976 and ’77, when the activities of right-wing terrorists were at their height, offers an audacious, collage-like meditation on state power, repression, violence and revolution.

Vaulting between aerial images of British landscapes, intertitles, fragments of Rainer’s teenage diary and one unseen couple’s debate (voiced by Amy Taubin and Vito Acconci) over the demise of the RAF, the film is illuminated by a lead performance from the late art and film critic Annette Michelson as a patient undergoing psychoanalysis, whose every gesture was choreographed elaborately by Rainer over a nine-month period.

This is the UK Premiere of the 4K restoration of the work.

The screening on Tuesday 22 August will be introduced by writer and lecturer Tom Hastings.
Tom Hastings is a writer and lecturer based in Glasgow and London. He is coediting a collection of essays on Yvonne Rainer, and is at work on a book project that excavates the history of the UK culture wars through performance case studies in India, Ghana, Trinidad and the UK. 
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