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Mapping 'Knoxville' Across Time, Media, and Cultures:

Tracing Unexplored Connections Between the Work of Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle

Film Screenings

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:30 – 8 PM
Hodges Library Auditorium

by Carole Bonstein   (Switzerland / France, September 2000)
French with English subtitles   (56 min.)

This first-ever documentary about Annemarie Schwarzenbach is the portrait of a woman from one of the biggest fortunes of Zurich—a family with open inclinations towards the Nazi order. A writer, journalist, and photographer, Schwarzenbach traveled the world denouncing European fascism and the exploitation of American workers.

A complex woman, she lead an unending quest for identity, struggled with drug addiction, and lived a bohemian life in Berlin in the twenties and thirties. Filmmaker Carole Bonstein reveals the fascinating story of a lesbian political radical, a romantic deceiver, and an adverturer who rejected her prescribed role in life. A model of courage? An eternally uprooted woman? Who was Annemarie Schwarzenbach? A Swiss Rebel looks at these questions and more.

Summary quoted from Frameline.
  • Special Prize for Outstanding Historical Research, Union Swiss Bank Jury Soleur Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Best Documentary, Bologna International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Milano International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Best Documentary, Women’s Film Festival of Torino
  • Zainetto d’Oro, Women’s Film Festival of Torino
  • Best Documentary, Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversities

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Hodges Library Auditorium

by Fosco and Donatello Dubini (Germany / Switzerland / Netherlands, 2001)
German with English subtitles   (101 min.)

Not rated. Some sexually explicit content. Viewers discretion advised.

In 1939, the author Annemarie Schwarzenbach and ethnologist Ella Maillart travel together by car to Kabul, but each is in pursuit of her own project. Annemarie Schwarzenbach, who was among Erika and Klaus Mann's circle of friends in the 30's, is searching for a place of refuge in the Near East to discover her own self. Ella Maillart justifies her restlessness, her need for movement and travel, with a scientific pretext: she would like to explore the mysterious Kafiristan Valley and “make a name” for herself with publications on the archaic life of the nomads living there. Both women are on the run, but political developments and their own biographies catch up with them again and again. Their mutual journey through the outside world, which runs from Geneva via the Balkans and Turkey to Persia, is compounded by the inner world of emotions with a tender love story. As both women arrive in Kabul, the Second World War breaks out and puts an end to their plans.

The Journey to Kafiristan was screened at the 2002 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Summary quoted from Swiss Films.

Je suis' Annemarie SchwarzenbachTuesday, October 30, 2018
2:30 – 4:30 PM
Hodges Library Auditorium

by Véronique Aubouy (France, 2015)
French with English subtitles   (85 min.)

Not rated. Some sexually explicit content. Viewers discretion advised.

Annemarie Schwarzenbach was a shimmering figure of bohemian society of the 1920s. A talented writer, she was lesbian, addicted to drugs, a globetrotter, bewitchingly androgynous and – much to her domineering Nazi-loving mother’s chagrin – also anti-fascist. Berlin photographer Marianne Breslauer described her as the most beautiful creature she had ever encountered. Schwarzenbach died young at the age of 34. She remained forgotten until the 1980s when her books began to be republished and her biography reconstructed.

Director Véronique Aubouy does more than merely save Annemarie Schwarzenbach from obscurity, she brings her into the present. Sixteen young actors of both genders slip into different roles in order to play Schwarzenbach, her friends and lovers. Increasingly fascinated by the pull of this figure, their oscillations between genders becomes a joint project. Something that begins as an audition in which the young actors are asked to attach their biographies to that of the writer, ends in a dance of relationships in which the borders between reality and dramatization are blurred.

Summary quoted from the program of the Berlinale 2015.

Director Véronique Aubouy will be present and introduce her film. She will also be available for a discussion following the screening.


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