Will McBride: Auf Der Bühne Im ‚Eden-Saloon’, Film Still 'Tobby' 1960 © Modern Art Film Archiv, Deutsche Kinemathek/Sammlung Pohland

Group Exhibition & Film night

On occasion of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, the Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus and the Modern Art Film Archiv present:

»Papa’s cinema is dead«

From the estate of the Berlin filmmaker Hansjürgen Pohland:
unpublished documents and photographs by Will McBride, Michael Marton and Jean-Gil Chodziesner-Bonne

Opening: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 19h
Film night: from 21h
Exhibition: February 5 – March 11, 2016
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12-18h
Free Admission, ID card required


I believe in the idea of a successful discovery instead of a fruitless search. That is what our archives have to achieve: That the overflowing richness of the past is available and generously organised so that through the great diversity manifold surprises can happen. I will not necessarily find what I am looking for, but sometimes come upon something completely different which I had never dared to think of.“ Siegfried Zielinski

If one performs in the archives of the German Kinemathek, what the media archeologist Siegfried Zielinski calls “a deep probe“, one makes surprising discoveries about the past. In our case it is the search of the estate of the Berlin filmmaker Hansjürgen Pohland whose body of work has not been easily accessable until now, and which has yielded astonishing finds.

Born in 1934 in Berlin, Hansjürgen Pohland, aka Jason Pohland, at the age of 21 founds his first production company POHLAND FILM which later becomes MODERN ART FILM.

In the first six years more than 30 short films are produced, some of which win awards at international film festivals. In 1962, together with Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz, Wolf Wirth, Harro Senft and others he takes advantage of the publicity at the Oberhausen Shortfilm Festival to proclaim a manifesto called “Papa’s cinema is dead“. They want to break with the current conditions of production and demand an end to the prevailing lethargie in order to make possible the NEW GERMAN FILM. An “Autorenkino“ based on the French Nouvelle Vague is the goal. At this time Pohland is the only one who has already produced his first feature film: TOBBY. His second feature, DAS BROT DER FRÜHEN JAHRE, already completed, premieres in Cannes. It is awarded with the Filmband in Gold
in five categories, among others for the wonderful soundtrack by the jazz musician Attila Zoller. In 1963 Pohland founds FRIENDS OF THE GERMAN KINEMATHEK together with Ulrich Gregor, Friedrich Luft and others. When the state begins to subsidize films in 1965, one of the demands of the Oberhausen Manifesto, his film KATZ AND MAUS is one of the first supported projects. Even before the premiere the film causes the greatest political film-scandal in the Federal Republic of Germany.

THE REBELS OF OBERHAUSEN, Pohland’s last film of 2011, recalls those events and examines how the German cinema has since developed. His co-signers are interviewed in the film as well. Jason Pohland died on May 17, 2014 in Mandelieu-la-Napoule near Cannes. He leaves a large body of work.

At its focus the exhibition gives a first taste of the yet undiscovered oeuvre of Pohland and presents unpublished photographs by Will McBride, Michael Marton and Jean-Gil Chodziesner-Bonne. All the photographs that were shot in the sixties during the productions of TOBBY, DAS BROT DER FRÜHEN JAHRE and KATZ UND MAUS have been stored for over 50 years in basements and archives. Production papers, fragments of scripts, correspondence and reviews found in the estate of the filmmaker who died in 2014, as well as a small choice of films, show the visitors the complexity of his work.

Opening: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 19h

Gisela Kayser, Geschäftsführerin Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus
Volker Schlöndorff, Regisseur
Hanns-Peter Frentz, Leiter bpk – Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte
Valentin Bontjes van Beek, Sohn von Digne M. Marcovicz
Martin Koerber, Leiter des Filmarchivs der Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek

The exhibition »The eternal moment« – Photographs and films by Digne M. Marcovicz will be opening on the same day.

Film night from 21h / Lange Filmnacht ab 21.00 Uhr

Schatten, BRD 1960 (9:23 min)
Kurzfilm, Regie Hansjürgen Pohland
Praktisch bildbar. Ein Wolfsjunge in Frankfurt, BRD 1982 (75:00 min)
Dokumentarfilm von Digne M. Marcovicz
Mannequins, BRD 1961 (2:24 min)
Werbefilm, Regie Hansjürgen Pohland
Tobby, BRD 1960 (81:00 min)
Experimentelle Mischung aus Spiel- und Dokumentarfilm, Regie Hansjürgen Pohland

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