Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the outstanding representative of Germany’s New Cinema in the 70s deals with social issues but doesn’t leave behind human nature and he uses intense feelings and emotion to convey social injustice.
“Bremen Freedom” (original title “Bremer Freiheit”) premieres in Chania on 30th November, translation by Giorgos Depasta, music by Nikos Mastorakis and with an excellent group of actors and contributors.
WHEN: 30th November – 11th December
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday at 21.00
Sunday at 19.30
WHERE: Venizelo Conservatory, (Manolis Skoulidis Hall), Niki Forou Foka 5, Chania
Tickets: € 15,- / 10,- (over 65 years old, students, disabled and unemployed).
on Thursdays: general admission: € 10,-
The show will then tour throughout Crete.
About the play:
The story takes place in a small German town in the 19th century. The main hero, Geesche is a nineteenth century woman who wants to have a mind of her own. She defies convention and will do anything to achieve her freedom from oppression by her family and friends.
She was not allowed to have an opinion and free will, she was not even allowed to think. Not even to love.
A woman’s claim to freedom was treated as a mental illness, a mistake of nature and could even land her in court.
Geesche, an intelligent, capable, resourceful woman, in her quest to win freedom comes into conflict with all her surroundings, men and women, and when she encounters obstacles and feels threatened, she defends herself, resorting to extreme solutions beyond and beyond any logic.
Fassbinder’s work – an urban tragedy – focuses on the person of Geesche and the social and psychological background that led her to her actions.
Through an allegory about the role of power in interpersonal relationships, Geesche is presented as a woman who, faced with the injustice of a male-dominated society, finds no other possibility of liberation and self-realization than murder.
The play is not only about the emancipation of women, but the emancipation of every person ruled by the ruler.
Fassbinder draws inspiration from the true story of Geesche Gottfried, an aristocrat from Bremen, a generally pious and honest woman, who killed fifteen people. Her crimes were exposed in 1831 and she was beheaded in the last public execution in Bremen.
From this material Fassbinder creates an allegory for the role of power in interpersonal relationships and makes a hymn to the freedom that is won at any price.