30.05.24, 20:30, ✶Re:Score✶ Menschen Am Sonntag

With the holidays just around the corner, KASKcinema conducts the ultimate summer symphony. Menschen Am Sonntag is an ode to idleness, as well as a hymn to the chaos of friendship. Three of Germany's most promising avant-garde directors joined forces in the late 1920s to deliver a portrait of leisure in the Weimar Republic. In semi-documentary style, they follow a group of Berlin hipsters avant-la-lettre during their outing to the Nikolassee. Although everyone has high hopes, however, things don't go as planned and unfulfilled desires and brooding frustrations slowly sting.

The tender simplicity of the narrative only underscores the commitment to capture the poetry of the everyday. As an archival piece, Menschen Am Sonntag has then only gained power. Moreover, that the idealism of the film takes place on the eve of Nazism lends a bittersweetness to its naive tone. Musician Matthias Dewilde (Matterhorn Well, Nagløed) resuscitates this film classic using a novelty score. Keeping the middle ground between summer carelessness and contemporary reinterpretation, his atmospheric synthscapes guide the KASKcinema into the off-season.

Robert Siodmak, Edgar G. Ulmer & Rochus Gliese, 1930, Germany, 73'
silent film, English intertitles

i.c.w. Film-Plateau
Campus Bijloke
Godshuizenlaan 4
9000 Gent