Saturday, December 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Ulrike Ottinger. 1981, 126 mins. 35mm courtesy of German Film Office. With Delphine Seyrig, Magdalena Montezuma. In German with English subtitles. Among the most baroquely ambitious and uncompromising directors of the New German Cinema and a cult icon of queer filmmaking, Ulrike Ottinger made fearlessly irreverent films that playfully toyed with religion, literature, genre, and the sexually normative modern world. Using Virginia Woolf’s gender- and time-bending novel Orlando as a loose inspiration, her Freak Orlando is a work of buoyant, comic madness, a pageant of punk-operatic excess that feels like a mix of Jodorowsky, Buñuel, and Monty Python, and features the unforgettable Magdalena Montezuma as an inscrutable, magnetically crude version of Woolf’s gender nonconforming hero.
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