Small Theater of the World

A film retrospective exploring the dramatic works and experimental documentaries of Ulrike Ottinger


Fields of Knowledge
  • Aesthetics / Media
  • Artistic legacies
  • Pedagogy

Organizing Institutions

Slought, Film and media studies at Temple University


Nora Alter


Department of Film and Media Arts, and the Program in Women's Studies at Temple University; the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania; Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College; the Program in Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College

Opens to public



4017 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104


75% Formal - 25% Informal

Slought and the Temple University Department of Film and Media Arts are pleased to announce a film retrospective featuring works by Ulrike Ottinger, followed by a conversation with the artist, on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 5-8:30pm at Slought. This program has been organized by Nora Alter, Professor of Film and Media Arts at Temple University.

Ulrike Ottinger grew up in Konstanz, Germany and has lived and worked in Berlin since 1973. Her first screenplay, Die Mongolische Doppelschublade (The Mongolian Double-Drawer), was written in 1969. Since the early 1970's Ottinger has directed over 20 films, including feature-length dramatic works and experimental documentaries. Films such as Madame X and Freak Orlando present Ottinger's interest in outsider histories and dominant myths in contemporary society. Her work has explored both Berlin, her current city of residence, as well as Asia and other sites around the world with this transgressive perspective. Ottinger is one of only a handful of female directors in Europe to have achieved international acclaim. Her films have been shown at festivals and museums around the world, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta, the Cinematheque francaise in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Matinee screening of works including Twelve Chairs (198 minutes, 2004), The Korean Wedding Chest (82 minutes, 2008), Taiga A Journey to Northern Mongolia (501 minutes, 1991/2), and Exil Shanghai (275 minutes, 1997)

Evening screening of Still Moving (29 minutes, 2009) and Prater (104 minutes, 2007)

Presentation by Ulrike Ottinger
Followed by public conversation with Patricia White (Swarthmore College), Homay King (Bryn Mawr College), and Nora Alter (Temple University), moderated by Kaja Silverman (University of Pennsylvania)