Werner Schroeter
DEU, AUT 1990
125 min

Up this point, Schroeter has written or co-written most of his feature films. Malina is an exception, being based on the novel by the feminist Austrian author Ingeborg Bachmann and adapted for the screen by Elfriede Jelinek. Starring Isabelle Huppert, the film centres upon a writer who finds herself unable to adequately express herself. Schroeter uses powerful imagery of mirrors and fire to convey the idea of an identity in disarray and crisis and creates a palpable sense of suffocation through the repetition of scenes involving the protagonist having to remind herself to breathe. «I must breath, I must breathe», she says to herself at various points throughout the film. The novel is widely considered to be a modern classic of feminist literature. It is not surprising therefore, that reception of this film among critics was polarised. Through Elfriede Jelinek's screenplay, Schroeter does not attempt to simply transpose the words on the page to the screen, but through camera, framing, editing and performance engages in a cinematic interpretation of the novel. Malina won the German Film Prize for best film in 1991. (Michelle Langford)

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  • Isabelle Huppert - die Frau
  • Matthieu Carrière - Malina
  • Can Togay - Ivan
  • Fritz Schediwy - Vater
  • Isolde Barth - Mutter
  • Libgart Schwarz - Fäulein Jellinek
  • Elisabeth Krejcir - Lina
  • Peter Kern - Bulgare
  • Jenny Drivala - Opernsängerin
  • Elfriede Jelinek nach dem gleichnamigen Roman «Malina» von Ingeborg Bachmann (Suhrkamp Verlag
  • Frankfurt/Main
  • 1971)
  • Elfi Mikesch
  • Georg Krautheim
  • Andrea Wenzler
  • Bernhard Fritsch
  • Alberte Barsacq
  • Alberte Barsacq
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35 mm
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