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Image of movie Die Nachtmeerfahrt
Image of movie Die Nachtmeerfahrt
Cinematography: Keine Angst

Die Nachtmeerfahrt

Sea Journey into the Night
Kitty Kino
Austria 1985
72 min
OV w/ EN subtitles

The term “Nachtmeerfahrt” is used by Kitty Kino to refer to a concept stemming from psychologist C. G. Jung, whereby every person embodies parts of diferent gender identities. From one day to the next, Lilly starts growing more and more facial hair. Afraid of being rejected by the outside world and losing her modelling jobs, she initially tries to hide her new appearance. After her lover shows no understanding, she is full of disappointment and begins to drift through the Viennese bar and club scene by night, and experiences the night as a man—because that is how she is perceived by the others. Kino’s second feature is a plea for allowing normative gender boundaries to blur and binary attributions to become fluid: over the course of this frequently dark journey, the concept of a binary division between masculinity and femininity increasingly ceases to be useful. Torn between her lover’s opinion and her own needs, Lily finally makes a decision. “Real men only love emancipated women.” The atmosphere of Vienna is made visible and tangible as a place where a 1980s Tilda Swinton could equally roam around. Quite apart from containing a healthy dollop of camp, the finale stylistically connects to today’s pop culture too. (Bianca Jasmina Rauch)

In the presence of Kitty Kino.
At the beginning of the screening, an episode of 7–8 minutes from the cinema magazine SCOPE of 1982 and 1983 will be shown.

Kitty Kino: WENN MA TOT SAN, SAN MA TOT (1975), RÜBEZAHL (1978), KARAMBOLAGE (1983)

  • Anita Kolbert
  • Wilfried Scheutz
  • Christine Jirku
  • Beatrix Wipperich
  • Joesi Prokopetz
  • Kitty Kino
  • Hanus Polak
  • Herbert Koller
  • Charlotte Müllner
Thalia Film
35 mm
Wed 25 Oct
Metro, Historischer Saal
OV w/ EN subtitles
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