The Vito Project, is delighted to be partnering with the German Screen Studies Network, to present a special 35mm screening of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, a 1972 German film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
"Based upon his own play which had premiered the year prior, The Bitter Tears balances
a realistic depiction of tormented romance with staging that remains true to the director’s roots in experimental theatre. This unforgettable, unforgiving dissection of the imbalanced relationship between a haughty fashion designer (Margit Carstensen) and a beautiful but icy ingenue (Hanna Schygulla)—based, in a sly gender reversal, on the writer-director's own desperate obsession with a young actor—is a true Fassbinder affair, featuring exquisitely claustrophobic cinematography by Michael Ballhaus and full-throttle performances by an all-female cast."
The screening will be followed by an open discussion with Erica Carter, Professor of German and Film at King’s College, and Sue George, journalist, writer and editor.
This is a free event but we need your donations on the night to ensure the continuation of the VITO project. All donations go towards covering the costs associated with running the event (film licences, heating and lighting, rental of the premises, printing, promotion etc). Donations are VITO's only source of funding and we need to raise an average of £5 per person just to cover our costs. So PLEASE DIG DEEP and give us a paper donation if you are able to.
Doors to the cafe/bar will open at6pm for a7pm screening. Come early to secure a seat as it can get very busy and we do not take bookings.
The doors to the Cinema will be shut once the film starts or capacity is reached.
Venue accessibility: Level access on the ground floor, lift for disabled /non-disabled visitors and volunteers. Accessible toilet with step-free access on the ground floor large enough for a motorised wheelchair.