Unfortunately, the November 14 screening has been canceled. Ticket buyers will be contacted about refunds. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Volker Spengler, a Fassbinder mainstay, gives the performance of a lifetime as Elvira, née Erwin, a transsexual searching for love in Frankfurt and finding only rejection. Conceived in secret and abandoned by his mother, Erwin grew up in a Catholic orphanage and fathered a child while still a teenager. Working in a slaughterhouse, he fell in love with Anton (Gottfried John), a ruthless concentration camp survivor, whose offhand remark “too bad you aren’t a girl” sends him to Casablanca for an operation. Upon returning he finds that Anton does not reciprocate his feelings. Made in response to the suicide of Fassbinder’s own lover, actor Armin Meier, the film is arguably Fassbinder’s most compassionate, a heartrending portrait of isolation and splintered identity.