Hanna Schygulla

Talking Heads

Wednesday 22 January 2014

In conversation with Jean Perret,
Head of Cinéma/Cinéma du réel faculty
HEAD – Genève, Boulevard James-Fazy 15, auditorium

Hanna Schygulla: waking dreams

Three roles in particular are deeply engraved in Hanna Schygulla’s memory: Maria Braun in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The marriage of Maria Braun, ‘who postpones her real life until tomorrow for so long that there is no longer a tomorrow’, Eugenia in Marco Ferreri’s The Story of Piera, ‘who lives the present moment so intensely in her quests for life experiences that she is eventually locked up as a madwoman’, and Susanne Staub in Fatih Akin’s The edge of heaven, who ‘after her daughter’s death, when everything seems to have come to an end, opens the door to a new life’. All these women are very unlike her, and yet resonate with her in a mysterious interplay of mirrors, in contact with the magical realism that is so dear to her – these roles that she has made her own chime with a way of making her life, just as one talks of making films.


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Portrait de Hanna Schygulla
© Lillian Birnbaum / courtesy Schirmer/Mosel