Not all is well in the world: growing inequality, increasing chauvinism, pressure to consume, state paranoia, domestic violence. The Panorama programme 2007 depicts what moves the contemporary generation of filmmakers and, as every year, shows a fragmented image of the world. "You don't have to become a martyr," says Panorama section head Wieland Speck. "If the threat grows too big, you can also just leave." As long as alternatives still exist. The search for these is what connects the protagonists of this year's Panorama films. Many of them are young and daring, especially the women among them. An interview with Wieland Speck.
The Panorama claims to discover the art house films of the upcoming season. What inspires the current generation of filmmakers, what kinds of stories are they telling?
What is noticeable is that 14 films in this year’s programme deal with growing up during puberty. That might be surprising, but it also makes sense. Because when you look at the process of searching for an identity, one can observe and illustrate very well the state of the society in which the young person is looking for his or her place.
Showing one's teeth
Probably the most forceful film dealing with this theme is Teeth: a girl who grows up in a very prude and restrictive environment in provincial America, discovers her sexuality “despite everything”. For her, it’s not only a revolution, but also makes the young men confront their own intrusions in a frightening way. In the film the myth of the “vagina dentata” becomes true to life. The girl takes her first steps towards sexuality, but young men don’t respect her boundaries. When she wants to take a step back, the men don’t comply and that’s the point where the vagina bites. And so she has a weapon, which helps her dominate this space – of course with disastrous consequences.