Christoph Rüter: The Time is Out of Joint

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March 1, 2018
Segal Theatre

Thursday 1 | 11:30am | Segal Theatre

Germany | 1991 | 100 minutes | directed by Christoph Rüter

From August 29, 1989 until March 24, 1990, Heiner Müller worked with the actors of the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin on the project Hamlet/Maschine, based on William Shakespeare’s Hamlet (translated by Heiner Müller) and Heiner Müller’s Hamletmaschine. During this period, spurred by the exodus of thousands of East German citizens through Czechoslovakia and Hungary, the “first peaceful German revolution from below” (H. Müller) broke out, setting the process of reunification in motion and leading toward the first democratic parliamentary elections on March 18, 1990. The film, documented over a period of months, describes a challenge never before confronted by a German theatre.

Christoph Rüter: Born 1957, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. 1976: Studied dramatics, philosophy, and psychology in Munich and Berlin. 1985-89: Dramatic adviser at Freie Volksbühne Berlin; cooperation with Hans Neuenfels, Christof Nel, Thomas Brasch, Bob Wilson, Heiner Müller and many more. 1993: Inter City Express (WDR/ZDF/Arte) and Curiosity & Risk (SFB/Arte). 1998: Comprehension (3sat). 1999: L’Homme de Passage (Arte/WDR). 2000: I am not an actor (Arte/WDR) and Play for life (3sat/NDR). 2001: Curt Bois–Character Comedian (3sat/RBB). 2002: There is no Paradise (Arte/WDR). 2003: He played his own shadow too (RBB/own production). 2004: Simple and proud (Arte/WDR/3sat). 2005: Thomas Brasch (3sat). 2006: Material (3sat). 2008: Now I am alone (3sat/Arte). 2009: I don’t want to know where I am (3sat/Arte). Berlinale 2011: Brasch–Words of Want, Words of Fear (3sat/Filmstiftung/ NRW/Medienboard Berlin/BKM). 2018: Hans Blumberg–The invisible Philosopher.

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