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PARIS CALLIGRAMMES

Ulrike Ottinger / Germany / 2020 / 129 min
A cinematic love letter to the world’s cultural capital by one of German cinema’s iconic rebels.

The bookstores, cinemas and cafés of Paris are – just like the city itself – a fixed destination on any young artist’s intellectual journey. The film artist Ulrike Ottinger was there herself. In her autobiographical work, the great rebel and queer cinema icon of German cinema looks back at her young years in the cultural capital of the 1950s and 1960s through film reels and photographs, diary notes and letters. The tone is personal and passionate but completely unsentimental. 78-year-old Ulrike Ottinger’s immensely beautiful film still radiates with the same anarchist power and creative wildness. A defence of art and the right to shape oneself as one pleases.