Paris Calligrammes

Fifty years on, is it possible to make a film from the perspective of the young artist that you once were – or wanted to become? This is the question that artist and filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger asks herself at the start of her journey through the cultural life of 1960s Paris. Ottinger captures the atmosphere and spirit of a turbulent period in this collage of archive material and fragments from feature films and home movies. We see images of chain-smoking, pastis-sipping artists at Café de Flore, as well as the less romantic aspects of the zeitgeist: racism and colonialism. (IDFA)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Paris Calligrammes (2019, doc) - Chamissos Schatten (Chamisso’s Shadow, 2016, doc) - Unter Schnee (Under Snow, 2011, doc) - Prater (2007, doc) - Südostpassage (Southeast Passage, 2002, doc) - Exil Shanghai (Exile Shanghai, 1997, doc)
European Panorama Documentary 2021
Ulrike Ottinger
Germany / France 2019
color & black and white
129 minutes
German / French / English
OV with English & German subtitles
Screenplay Ulrike Ottinger
Cinematography Ulrike Ottinger
Editing Anette Fleming
Sound/Sounddesign Timothée Alazraki, Detlef Schitto
Producer(s) Thomas Kufus, Kornelia Theune, Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Gérald Collas
zero one film, Idéale Audience, INA - Institut national de l'audiovisuel, ZDF/3sat
World Sales
Austrian Premiere
Austrian Rights
Real Fiction
World Premiere
Berlinale 2020
In cooperation with Österreichisches Filmmuseum and Diagonale.