Admired by the likes of Jean-Marie Straub and Harun Farocki, Peter Nestler was one of the most important filmmakers to emerge from postwar Germany. From his early films about the changing realities of rural and industrial areas in Germany and the UK, to his work for Swedish television, Nestler has remained a precise observer of the poetry and politics of labor, crafting meticulous portraits of industrial processes, working conditions, and workers themselves, as well as the background of struggle and oppression against which the era’s proletariat toiled. A vigorous yet nuanced opponent of fascism, an excavator of lost histories and a masterful formalist whose works are rich with a materiality all their own, Nestler has spent five decades chronicling how things get made, whether in a factory or at the level of ideology. This June, the Film Society is pleased to host Nestler himself for his first major retrospective in years, including a wealth of new digital restorations courtesy of Deutsche Kinemathek.
Acknowledgments: Deutsche Kinemathek, Courtisane, Christopher Small, Ted Fendt, Barbara Ulrich, Nuno Lisboa, Anita Reher
Q&A with Peter Nestler on 6/24 and ReceptionThree films about work, industrialization, and change, set in a Swabian village in the 1960s, a small town in the Ruhr region, and a men's club in Sheffield.
Q&A with Peter Nestler on 6/24 and ReceptionNestler’s feature The North Calotte, an extraordinary journey through Northern Europe chronicling the devastating impact of industrialization on the region’s environment and indigenous cultures, is preceded by a short about a tragic mining accident.
Q&A with Peter Nestler on 6/25Nestler reckons with Germany’s twentieth-century legacy and denounces the treatment of workers in these films about labor exploitation, fascism, and capitalism.
Intro by Peter Nestler on 6/25This selection features an urgent, anti-fascist documentary about political crises in Greece and another that confronts the persecution of the Roma and Sinti in Germany under Nazism and its persistence after the war; plus a short by Straub-Huillet about the persecution of Jews in Europe.
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