Events | Kunert's cinema. Film event with Günter Agde

Sunday, June 9, 2024, 3:00 pm  |  Wiepersdorf Castle

Film and introduction with Günter Agde

© Edition Schwarzdruck

Kunert's cinema. All Günter Kunert's texts for and about films
Edited by Günter Agde

Sunday, 09 June, 2024, 15:00 p.m.
Wiepersdorf Castle, Wiepersdorf - Bettina-von-Arnim-Str. 13, 14913 Niederer Fläming
Film and introduction with Günter Agde
Free admission

Film historian Dr Günter Agde, who edited the collection of texts Kunerts Kino. Alle Texte Günter Kunerts für und über Filme, was a fellow at Wiepersdorf Castle in the summer of 2021. During his stay in Wiepersdorf, he worked on the film-historical-critical inventory, analysis and presentation of all Günter Kunert's works for cinema and television films as a humanities contribution to German-German cultural history.

Kunerts Kino. Alle Texte Günter Kunerts für und über Filme (Kunert's cinema. All Günter Kunert's texts for and about films), was published in its first edition in 2023 by Edition Schwarzdruck.

He became famous as a poet, but is hardly known as a film author. Yet Günter Kunert (1929-2019) wrote the scenarios for a total of 63 cinema and television films, series and film feuilletons over a period of 48 years. His texts for film and television, including the many unrealised works, are characterised by an almost boundless love of storytelling and an enormous wealth of imagery, combined with sharp, intelligent wit. Kunert seemingly effortlessly transferred his fantastic cosmos into a modern mass medium, using a number of genres: the crime thriller, social satire, the intimate play, the television series, melodrama, film and television essays.

As a resolute individualist, Kunert chafed against the leaden conditions in the GDR and had long disputes with its censors. In 1976, he was one of the first signatories of the petition against the expatriation of Wolf Biermann. He left the GDR in 1979 and subsequently lived in Schleswig-Holstein. The cultural pessimist Kunert always asked first himself, then his audience, how much truth people could be expected to accept. His films and sketches are entertaining, amusing and diverting, even with surprising twists and turns. Pessimism and sparkling humour combine to form a fascinating unity. This is the first publication of all the filmed, printed and banned texts by the poet Günter Kunert that he wrote for the cinema and about the cinema.

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