BFMAF presents the first UK screening in 40 years of this innovative New German Cinema highlight. The Dumpster Kid (Kristine de Loup), born from a trash can, finds her way through the world, discovering hilarity, ecstasy, cruelty, capitalism and patriarchy along the way. Always wearing a red dress, red tights and Louise Brooks-style black bob, The Dumpster Kid steals, has sex, joins a sideshow and meets Al Capone and d’Artagnan. She is always in danger, yet immortal.

This radical film was never meant to be shown in a cinema; instead, Reitz and Stöckl showed it in pubs. The audience members were encouraged to imbibe heartily and create their own sequence of the film’s 22 episodes. This special ‘pub cinema’ screening will be recreated for this event, an exceedingly rare cinematic treat that you won’t soon forget.

Supported by Goethe-Institut, London

Edgar Reitz & Ula Stöckl
West Germany
Sat 22/09
208 mins
Charlie's Night Club

Edgar Reitz & Ula Stöckl

Edgar Reitz was born in Morbach, Germany in 1932. He studied German, Journalism and Theatre Studies in Munich. Starting in 1957, Reitz worked as a dramaturge, cinematographer and director of industrial and documentary films. He was one of the members of the Oberhausen Group and taught Directing and Camera Theory at the Institute for Film Design of the Ulm College of Design. In 1966, he made his first feature film Mahlzeiten (Lust For Love) with his company Edgar Reitz Film Production. In the following years, he shot numerous feature, documentary, and experimental films. He founded the European Institute of Cinema Films (EIKK) in Karlsruhe in 1995 and headed it until 1998. Since 1994, he has been professor for Film at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe. Edgar Reitz gained international renown with his Heimat trilogy, which consists of thirty-one individual feature-length films that build on each other.

Ula Stöckl was born in Ulm, Germany in 1938. After studying languages in London and Paris, she studied at the Institut für Filmgestaltung in Ulm from 1963 to 1968. She has since directed theatre productions and more than twenty films. Her visual language developed early and is recognizable for its multi-layered narrative, breaking the confines of traditional film language. She has also worked as an associate lecturer at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) and is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. As a film expert, she has also been on the selection committee and a jury member of numerous festivals including International Woman’s Festival Films de Femmes in Paris, Berlinale and Venice International Film Festival. Stöckl's 1984 film The Sleep of Reason received the Deutschen Filmpreis (Germany’s top film prize) in 1984. Her film The Cat Has Nine Lives (1968) was screened in the 2015 Berlinale Classics section and is currently touring the UK as part of the ICO/Club des Femmes season 'Revolt, She Said'.