German 330 will definitely be an opportunity to catch up on recent developments in German and Austrian film. Taught by Prof. Sarah Richards, a graduate of Emory U’s Film Studies and German Studies programs, this course will take a close look at recent and non-mainstream films from Austria and Germany, from Spielmann’s Revanche (2009) to Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon (2009). Directors such as Ulrich Seidl, Stephan Ruzowitzky and others will likely play a role as well.
This course is taught in English, cross-listed with the Film Studies Minor, and has no pre-requisites.
Todd Herzog, Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, wrote a very positive review of the book New Austrian Film, edited by Robert von Dassanowsky and Oliver Speck, and published by Berghahn Publishers in 2011. (Full disclosure: I do have an article in this volume on Florian Flicker’s 1998 film Suzie Washington.)
In this excellent collection of essays on recent Austrian cinema – the first to attempt to define this body of films as a coherent whole – the editors Robert von Dassanowsky and Oliver C. Speck settle upon the term New Austrian Film. They have assembled an impressive team of scholars with diverse backgrounds, interests and perspectives to offer 27 chapters analysing various aspects of Austrian cinema at the turn of the 21st century.