A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST
Artur Brauner: Films against Oblivion | March 8
“Hanussen” is a film portraying Erik Jan Hanussen and his story; a part of Artur Brauner‘s "Films Against Oblivion", a series screened to bring out views and standpoints of Artur Brauner’s experience and knowledge on the status that World War II fostered, on the 8th of March 2019 at the Goethe Hall.
1. WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILTY
Hanussen (1988) is a film of great meaning, told from the heart of producer Artur Brauner, a Holocaust survivor himself; a story paralleled with Hitler’s rise, the tale exposes the plight of Jan Hanussen and his clairvoyant-like powers – both his gift and his downfall. Like the distinctive saying, Hanussen’s honesty might make him a good person but could most possibly be the cause for his demise. Preceding the infamous World War I, Hanussen becomes a hypnotist and clairvoyant on a mission to aid suicidal patients, predicting the rise and fall of his country along his way, for good, one can’t tell. But he’s at risk, he’s in pain, will he survive? History may tell, but so does this significant film. We’re on the edge of our seats, we’re biting our nails: does Hanussen live? Will justice prevail?
2. BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Did he fool you with his name? Don’t fret, that actually was the goal. We may be sworn to secrecy but this is what we’ll tell you: Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded during the war, falls under the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim, smart man that he is, discovers Klaus Schneider’s possession of empathetic and clairvoyance powers. Perhaps it was a means of remaining safe, we can’t tell, but Klaus Schneider thus becomes Erik Jan Hanussen. With a friend and a lover, Jan Hanussen runs to Berlin, takes the role of a performer in several halls and theatres, exposing his superhuman abilities catches the attention of the Nazis. His story is quite interestingly one that will keep you guessing, you’ll feel his emotions, his distraught and leave you bawling your eyes out too, maybe; this film really isn’t one to miss.
3. ARTUR BRAUNER: FILMS AGAINST OBLIVION
Artur "Atze" Brauner, is a German film producer with over 300 films since 1946 under his belt. The films featured in ‘Films Against Oblivion’, focus on the victims of the National Socialist regime, and are intended to stimulate dialogue on tolerance and humanity. Artur Brauner, himself a Holocaust survivor, these films are born from the heart of his work. The series will include films like "Hitler Young Salomon" and "Hanussen. Out of more than 250 feature films produced by Artur Brauner since the end of World War II, the feature films highlight the inhumane Nazi regime and its systematic persecution of the Jews.
4. THE EXTRAORDINARY THING WITH GERMAN FILMS
Motion pictures from Germany are well received internationally; award-winning international productions are also made here; Germany is a film nation, making 250 films a year while also providing attractive landscape – a peculiar but important aspect overlooked when discussing the significance of film shooting. Germany boasts a number of important film locations, including Munich, Hamburg and Cologne and has been, due to cutting-edge studios and an internationally experienced team of filmmakers and technical experts, it is not only major national but also international production, involved in the production of major movies such as, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. Reaching wide audiences, ‘Hanussen’ is a German film that was nominated for the Golden Palm Awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988. What’s not to love about German cinema?
5. A SPACE THAT FOSTERS CULTURE
Goethe-Institut is a renowned institution, gracing Sri Lanka with its presence, promoting knowledge of the German language and fostering international cultural cooperation. The institute is always a supporter of several cultural meetings such as conferences, lectures, readings, discussions, film demonstrations (and seminars), art exhibitions, theatre productions, dancing workshops and concerts – anything that’s German and continues to nurture German culture, bringing awareness to its values and educating locals and internationals through their courses and programs, and provides a platform for technical advanced training of all German teachers of the country. Conveying a comprehensive image of Germany and its cultural, social and political life in our nation; encouraging and exchanging intercultural dialogue and enabling cultural involvement while strengthening the development of structures in civil society and fostering worldwide mobility.
Hanussen by Artur Brauner: Films against Oblivion will screen on the 8 March at 07:00PM at the Goethe Hall. Entrance free.