To mark the centenary of Austrian filmmaker, screenwriter and director Georg Stefan Troller the ACF's CineClub will screen the celebrated trilogy Wohin und Zurück leading up to a special screening of a documentary about the man himself.
The trilogy, written by Troller and directed by Axel Corti, is based on Troller's own experiences fleeing the Nazis and returning to Europe as an American soldier to liberate Dachau concentration camp. After the war he eventually settled in Paris where he worked as a journalist and filmmaker.
Santa Fe begins where Corti's 1982 film God Does Not Believe In Us Anymore leaves off . In 1940, a ship arrives in New York harbor filled with exhausted Jewish immigrants desperate to begin a new life. Freddy struggles to find work, learn English, and overcome his intense sense of alienation. He is surrounded by fellow refugee acquaintances including the depressed daughter of a poet/delicatessen owner, an aging surgeon who cannot find work, and a lovable charlatan photographer. Part II of the trilogy Wohin und Zurück examines with complete assurance the hopes, doubts, and memories of immigrants who have no place to call home. #
We will screen Part III of the trilogy in November followed by the recently released documentary Interpretation of Reality – Georg Stefan Troller by Ruth Reiser in December. Details to follow.