MARCELINE – A WOMAN, A CENTURY
Cordelia Dvorák | France, Netherlands 2017 | 58 Min. | OmeU
MARCELINE A woman. A century is an encounter with the remarkable French film director Marceline Loridan-Ivens, a radical chronicler, Jean Rouch’s actress, Holocaust survivor, and long-standing companion of the Dutch legendary film pioneer Joris Ivens.
A “restive old lady” Marceline is being called today. Even in her 90s she is still as radical and emphatically unadjusted as always. She spent her whole life fighting for outstanding critical documentary cinema, – in Algeria, in Vietnam, in China and in Auschwitz, sixty years after her own deportation. Only in her own political exposure she seems to have found a valid justification for her existence after the Holocaust. Her life-story can be told along the lines of the ideological breaks of the 20th century. “We dreamt of changing the world, but were often mistaken” she says today with relentless clarity. The film follows the broad arc of the life of a remarkable woman: from Holocaust survivor to political activist and combatively critical filmmaker.
Director: Cordelia Dvorák
Producer: Christilla Huillard-Kann & Corinne Delpech
Production: ELDA productions, AVROTROS
Cinematographer: Georgi Lazarevski, Susanna Salonen, Bettina Borgfeld, Thomas Bataille
Sound: Stephan Bauer, Daniel Waldhecker, Stephan Raphael Grüning
Editing: Laurence Miller
Sound Mixing and Editing: Marc Rodicq
Music: Jan Tilman Schade
IDFA, Cinema Verite Iran, Big Sky Documentary, Thessaloniki Documentary FF
Filmography as director
One has only to survive – the Jewish composer Berthold Goldschmidt as the last survivors of the so-called ‘Entartete Kunst’ / 55 ‘
One day in the life of Peter Jonas / 70’
Herbert Wernicke or the Geometry of the Opera / 52’
Peter Greenaway – a horse drama / 20’
Bailar para vivir – Salon Mexico / 90’
Miss Xochiquétzal – female odysseys: with former prostitutes on their way in Mexico City 88’
Visiones desde la memoria : 25 women, 3 countries, 10 questions: a 3 channel-video- installation in cooperation with the Gallery for Contemporary Art GAK Bremen, the Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Goethe Institute / 88’
John Berger or The Art of Looking / 55’
Marceline. A woman. A century
Quijote’s Camera / in preparation
Cordelia Dvorák is a writer, dramaturge, film- and theatre-director.
Since 1996 she has worked in more than 80 international opera-, theatre- and dance-productions, amongst others: the Kammerspiele Munich, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the Grand Théâtre of Bordeaux, the Teatro Sāo Carlos Lisbon, the Piccolo Teatro in Milan and The Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands.Since 1998 she is the author and the director of international documentary film productions and video-installations, amongst others in cooperation with BBC, Arte, NDR, ZDF, SWR, SVT, SFR, Canal 22, the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, the Goethe Institute. She received grants and scholarships from the Goethe Institute, the Berliner Senat, the Vassar College Poughkeepsie / New York, The Larks Playwright Centre New York, the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes FONCA, Mexiko and the Fundación Bancomer, México City as well as the Exzellenz-Mentoringprogramm Kunsthochschulprofessur / UDK University of Fine Arts, Berlin.
She was invited for International guest professorships and lectures at the Montclair States University New York, the UDK University of Fine Art’s Berlin, the Academy of Performing Arts Hong Kong, the Centro Andaluz de Teatro in Seville, the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Universidád del Claustro de Sor Juana, both in Mexico City. She is Jury member of the Festival Internacional de Cine, Guadalajára, Mexico and the PAF Festival of Film Animation and Contemporary Art, Olomouz /CS. She regularily writes for the FAZ (Ich.Heute.10vor8), The ZEIT (Frauen schreiben: politisch.poetisch.polemisch) and the Amnesty International Journal.