GER21: FOCUS ON FASSBINDER: LOLA (Lola) 115 mins

4193 GER21: FOCUS ON FASSBINDER: LOLA

Screening Thu 10 Jun at:

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Thursday, 10 June
7:30PM 

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release and presented in a glorious 4K restoration, Fassbinder’s sumptuous Lola is a wonderfully satirical tribute to capitalism and the third of the prolific auteur’s thematic Bundesrepublik Deutschland trilogy. This special screening of Lola on Thursday 10 June will have a special introduction from Professor Alexandra Ludewig (The University of Western Australia) at 7:30pm.

About the film:

Centred on West Germany’s economic miracle in the 1950s, Lola follows the double life of Marie-Louise, a.k.a. Lola (the breakout role for Barbara Sukowa), a steamy cabaret singer, high-class prostitute and single mother from the town of Coburg.  

When building inspector Von Bohm (Armin Mueller-Stahl) begins an investigation into corrupt local property developer and brothel owner Schukert (Mario Adorf), he soon finds himself in a difficult position after falling hopelessly in love with the alluring Lola, who just happens to be Schukert's ex-lover. Pitting the two against one another, Lola launches an outrageous plan to elevate herself in a world where everything—and everyone—is for sale. 

Shot in childlike candy colors, Fassbinder’s Lola is a gorgeously opulent post-war German fable, steeped in a fugue of capitalist excess, moral hypocrisy and broken idealism. 

WINNER: Best Actor, Best Actress, Outstanding Feature Film, German Film Awards 1982.  

“A bitter, brisk, sometimes abruptly moving satire about the West German economic 'miracle' of the 50's.”
New York Times