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Shell Shock
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Shell Shock: The power of storytelling

22 March - 22 May 2019

The tormented Vietnam War veteran Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, the soldiers suffering from PTSS in the documentary Crazy and the ex-tank commander of the animated film Waltz with Bashir share one thing: the urge to tell what happened to them in order to come to grips with it. Eye’s Shell Shock provides a forum to the cinematic representation of violent conflicts and traumatic memories.

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  • Die Mörder sind unter uns (Wolfgang Staudte, DDR 1946)

  • Combat Shock (Buddy Giovinazzo, US 1986)

  • The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, US 1962)

  • La casa lobo (Cristóbal León en Joaquin Cociña, DE/CL 2018)

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processing of the past

Fiction, in all its forms, often turns out to be the key to processing the past: from psychothriller (Jacob's Ladder, Adrian Lyne) and historical drama (Mrs. Dalloway, Marleen Gorris) to the suspense in the artful animation La casa lobo (Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal Leon).

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specials

Shell Shock not only includes films but also socially engaged specials featuring talks, Q&As and performances. The programme focuses on such themes as memories and narrativity (Hannah Arendt), psychiatry (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and the tales of Syrian refugees (storytelling). With a special edition of Cinema Stadsleven by Tracy Metz.

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