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2 Sussex Avenue, Innis College Town Hall
Time: Apr 22nd, 6:30 pm End: Apr 22nd, 6:30 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Sociology (FAS), German (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), 2000-
Film screening, (En)gendering Precarity: Maria Speth Film Retrospective

The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures is pleased to present:

(En)gendering Precarity: Maria Speth Film Retrospective

Employing the realist aesthetics associated with the 'Berlin School,’ this German director explores women and girls at the social margins. Post-screening discussions facilitated by Professor Angelica Fenner, with Maria Speth in attendance for the closing film DAUGHTERS (Töchter).

These events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at (416) 926-2321.

April 8, 6:30pm: THE DAYS BETWEEN (In den Tag hinein, 2001, 118 min.)
Lynn, 22, lives with her family in Berlin. Lacking a precise aim in life, her direct manner nonetheless triggers unusual encounters at her cafeteria job and in the city. Her boyfriend, David is her opposite: a disciplined competitive swimmer with no room for complications. When Lynn meets a Japanese exchange student, even simple interactions gain in importance.

April 15, 6:30pm: MADONNAS (Madonnen, 2007, 125 min.)
Rita claims her mother was never a proper role model. Giving birth to her own six children by different fathers, Rita pressures her mother to extend to these grandchildren the care Rita claims she herself never received. After fleeing to Belgium for petty theft and spending time in jail, she tries for a normal life with a US soldier, all the while on the verge of returning to itinerancy.

April 19, 6:30pm: NINE LIVES (9 Leben, 2011, 105 min.)
A documentary portrait of 7 homeless youth, who chose the streets over a troubled home life. Both their testimonial sharing as well as moments of withholding reveal an extraordinary talent and will to persevere in the face of a traumatic past and precarious future.

April 22, 6:30pm: DAUGHTERS (Töchter, 2015, 92 min.)
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue
Agnes comes to Berlin to identify a dead girl whom the police think could be Agnes’ fifteen-year old daughter, who ran away from home. But it is not. Agnes nevertheless remains in Berlin, driven by the hopes of finding her daughter, and in the process, meets Ines, a cunning social parasite.
Maria SPETH in attendance. Post-screening discussion facilitated by Jutta BRENDEMÜHL (Goethe-Institut Toronto) and Prof. Angelica FENNER (University of Toronto)
Sponsored by

  • Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures
  • Cinema Studies Institute
  • Goethe-Institut Toronto
  • Waterloo Center for German Studies



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