Der Film verlässt das Kino: Vom Kübelkind-Experiment und anderen Utopien

Film Beyond Cinema: The Dumpster Kid Experiment and Other Utopias
For over half a century, the filmmaker Edgar Reitz, one of the signatories of the Oberhausen Manifesto and a pioneer of epic film narration, has explored, as a practitioner and theoretician, the rules and limits of cinema, which he always seeks to break and extend in new ways. One example of his tireless search and research are the Geschichten vom Kübelkind, which he co-directed with Ula Stöckl in 1969/70, 22 absurdly funny, subversive and anarchistic short films of different lengths, which consciously oppose all conventions, with incredible success. The films remain unrivalled in their Dadaistic inventiveness.
The documentary Der Film verlässt das Kino: Vom Kübelkind-Experiment und anderen Utopien centres on how the Geschichten vom Kübelkind, now rediscovered and restored, actually came about. Edgar Reitz, Ula Stöckl, Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge and other filmmakers and contemporaries look back on the conditions that made this and other such visionary projects possible 50 years ago. They are all concerned with the question: What will the future of moving pictures look like?
by Robert Fischer Germany 2018 German 90’ Colour & Black/White World premiere | Documentary form


Written and Directed by Robert Fischer
Cinematography Laura Ettel
Editing Robert Fischer
Sound Florian Brüning
Producer Robert Fischer

World sales

Edgar Reitz Filmstiftung

Produced by

Fiction Factory Robert Fischer Filmproduktion

Robert Fischer

Born in Greven, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany in 1954. He has been a writer since the 1970s. Along with Joe Hembus, he co-wrote a history of the New German Cinema. In 1999, he made his first documentary. For 25 years, he was a programmer for the Munich Film Festival, and he is currently a consulting producer for The Criterion Collection in New York.

Filmography (selection)

1999 Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock; 39 min. 2002 Fassbinder in Hollywood; 57 min. 2006 Dalton Trumbo: Rebel in Hollywood; 59 min. · Ernst Lubitsch: Von der Schönhauser Allee nach Hollywood; 110 min. 2007 Displaced Person: Peter Lorre und sein Film „Der Verlorene“; 61 min. 2009 Working with Max Ophuls: Lola Montes Revisited; 70 min. 2010 Von der Liebe und den Zwängen: Mutmassungen über Fassbinders „Ich will doch nur, dass ihr mich liebt“; 60 min. 2011 Starting Out: The Making of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End; 75 min. · The Cinema and Its Double: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Despair Revisited; 70 min. 2012 Aldrich Over Munich: The Making of Twilight’s Last Gleaming; 66 min. 2013 Outlaw Brothers: The Making of The Long Riders; 61 min. · Rumble on the Lot: Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire Revisited; 80 min. 2014 Swan Song: The Story of Billy Wilder’s Fedora; 87 min. · Auf eigenen Schwingen: Die Visionen des Sir Hubert von Herkomer; 97 min. 2015 Last of the Independents: Don Siegel and the Making of Charley Varrick; 72 min. · Return to Beethoven Street: Sam Fuller in Germany; 105 min. · Les Mystères de Paris: „Out 1“ de Jacques Rivette revisité; 110 min. 2016 Cop Stories: The Making of Richard Fleischer’s The New Centurions; 45 min. 2017 Sucker Punch Blues: A Look Back on John Huston’s Fat City; 55 min. 2018 Der Film verlässt das Kino: Vom Kübelkind-Experiment und anderen Utopien (Film Beyond Cinema: The Dumpster Kid Experiment and Other Utopias)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018