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Glamorous, silent, and nameless, an enigmatic and impeccably-dressed young French woman (Tabea Blumenschein) purchases a one-way ticket from Paris to West Berlin. Her goal is simple: to drink, perhaps even until she drops dead. Perpetually drunk, she wanders through the odd landscape of the city, moving through the seedy bars and decrepit spaces around Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten. She encounters, befriends, and develops relationships with fellow bizarre characters, especially a homeless woman who pushes a shopping cart filled with her bags around the city. Together, they get thrown out of luxury restaurants, share bottles of expensive wine, and turn a glitzy apartment into a dump.

An introduction to the film will be provided by Dr. Hester Baer, Associate Professor and Head of Germanic Studies at the University of Maryland. A discussion will follow.

108 min., in German with English subtitles.

Written and directed by Ulrike Ottinger.

As a part of the Goethe-Institut North America’s “Queer as German Folk” series – in which we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Uprising as a milestone in the fight for gender diversity and equality – the Goethe-Institut Washington and its many local project partners have selected a number of culturally- and historically-significant films from Germany and North America, highlighting various aspects of queer rights movements.

We encourage all guests to arrive early. Seating in the Ring Auditorium is limited. Any open seats may be released to walk-up visitors 10 minutes before the program.

Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Washington.

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May 18, 2019
2:00 pm–4:30 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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