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PARIS CALLIGRAMMES

by Ulrike Ottinger

synopsis

In a rich torrent of archival audio and visuals, paired with extracts from her own artworks and films, Ottinger resurrects the old Saint-Germain- des-Prés and Latin Quarter, with their literary cafés and jazz clubs, and revisits encounters with Jewish exiles, life with her artistic community, the worldviews of Parisian ethnologists and philo- sophers, the political upheavals of the Algerian War and May 1968, and the legacy of the colonial era. “I followed the footsteps of my heroines and heroes,” Ottinger narrates. “Wherever I found them, they will appear in this film too.”

international title: Paris Calligrammes
original title: Paris Calligrammes
country: Germany, France
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Ulrike Ottinger
film run: 129'
screenplay: Ulrike Ottinger
cinematography by: Ulrike Ottinger
film editing: Anette Fleming
art director: Aurore Vullierme
producer: Thomas Kufus, Kornelia Theune
co-producer: Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Gérald Collas
line producer: Corina Ziller, Claire Lion
production: Zero One Film, Idéale Audience, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
backing: INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel
distributor: Dean Medias
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