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Carte Blanche: Mariette Rissenbeek on German Women Cinematographers

March 01, 2019 – March 12, 2019

The Museum of Modern Art

In 2020, Mariette Rissenbeek will become the first woman to lead the Berlin Film Festival (as executive director, with newly appointed artistic director Carlo Chatrian)—and, by extension, any of the “big three” European festivals (including Cannes and Venice). This milestone, which took 69 years to achieve, is cause for long-overdue celebration.

Rissenbeek began her career in production, before becoming familiar to lovers of German cinema through her work as head of the film-promotion agency German Films. In celebration of her staunch support for women throughout the industry, MoMA has invited her to select 11 must-see films shot by German women cinematographers. “It was very exciting but at the same time quite challenging when MoMA offered me a Carte Blanche to present a number of recent German films,” Rissenbeek says. “For me personally, the female view on society and its topics has always played a crucial role. From its very beginnings, cinema tells its stories in pictures, and they are right at the center of cinematographic art. So it seemed not only natural but, rather, mandatory to work with exactly that point of view: pictures made by women, women behind the camera.”

Organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film.


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13 Minutes. 2014. Germany. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cinematography by Judith Kaufmann. Image courtesy of Lucky Bird Pictures

13 Minutes. 2014. Germany. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cinematography by Judith Kaufmann. Image courtesy of Lucky Bird Pictures

Adam & Evelyn. 2018. Germany. Directed by Andreas Goldstein. Cinematography by Jakobine Motz. 100 minutes. Photo copyright Alexander Schaak

Emma’s Bliss. 2005. Germany. Directed by Sven Taddicken. Cinematography by Daniela Knapp.

Endzeit – Ever After. 2018. Germany. Directed by Carolina Hellsgård. Cinematography by Leah Striker. Copyright ZDF/Anke Neugebauer

Exit Marrakech. 2012. Germany. Directed by Caroline Link. Cinematography by Bella Halben. 122 minutes. Copyright Desert Flower Filmproduktion

If Not Us, Who. 2011. Germany. Directed by Andres Veiel. Cinematography by Judith Kaufmann.

The Poll Diaries. 2010. Germany. Directed by Chris Kraus. Cinematography by Daniela Knapp.

The Chambermaid Lynn. 2014. Germany. Directed by Ingo Haeb. Cinematography by Sophie Maintigneux. Photo by Olaf Hirschberg

The Edukators. 2004. Germany. Directed by Hans Weingartner. Cinematography by Daniela Knapp.

This Is Love. 2009. Germany. Directed by Matthias Glasner. Cinematography by Sonja Rom.

Under Snow. 2011. Germany/Japan. Direction and cinematography by Ulrike Ottinger.