The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
Rated Parental Guidance ~ Runs 124 minutes
Dir.: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany
Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann
In German with English subtitles
Part of The Charlottetown Film Society & L’Ipéen film series.
Tickets at the door, cash only, all seats $10.
L'ipéen, in collaboration with the Charlottetown Film Society, is really happy to present this wonderful film by RW Fassbinder. Shot in 1972, this film is perhaps the most visually accomplished film of all the films from the German master, it is not surprising that the film won the prize for the best photography at the German Film Award, all the aesthetics of Queer American Cinema of the 80's is already there. Roughly, it's the story of Petra Von Kant who lives with Marlene, her assistant, whom she likes to mistreat and humiliate as her slave. She falls in love with Karin, a beautiful young woman, she offers her to share her apartment and benefit from her support to engage in modeling. The relationship between Petra and Marlene changes, but not smoothly. In addition to the prize for the direction of photography, the film won two other prizes at the German Film Awards in 1972: Best actress for Margit Carstensen and Best actress in a second role for Eva Mattes who plays Gabriel Von Kant, Petra's daughter.