The Marriage of Maria Braun
The astonishingly prolific Rainer Werner Fassbinder made any number of films that can be considered masterpieces. But The Marriage of Maria Braun is perhaps his supreme achievement. Within his portrait of a widow navigating the rubble of Berlin lies the story of Germany rising from the abyss and laying the foundation of its post-war economic miracles. Only Fassbinder could tell this tale with such tender emotion and anarchic comedy. His great muse, Hanna Schygulla, is beyond superb as Maria. Her day-long marriage to soldier Hermann Brown is the start of a 10-year epic in which Maria will have an affair with a black American G.I. before Hermann, presumed dead, reappears. To witness what happens next is to witness perfection in cinema.
An original work of epic and poetic qualities. – François Truffaut
Festival guest: Juliane Lorenz, President of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation