05/09/12 - 05/15/12
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It's not often that we point our readers to films here, but a new work on a great contemporary German writer warrants an exception. W.G. Sebald, who died prematurely in a car accident at the end of 2001, created some of the most stunning works to come out of the German-speaking world in recent years. Now Grant Gee has released Patience (After Sebald), a film essay on "landscape, art, history, life and loss", which looks at Sebald's body of literature and its influence.
Born in Allgau, Germany in 1944, W.G. Sebald studied in Germany, Switzerland and the UK, settling in the UK in 1970. With the publication of The Emigrants in 1992, Sebald became an international author publishing, among other titles, The Rings of Saturn, and Austerlitz, and his work continues to exert an influence on artists, writers and filmmakers.
Director Grant Gee received the Grierson Award for Joy Division and directed the Radiohead documentary, Meeting People is Easy. Patience, shown at the 2011 New York Film Festival, is structured around a walk through quintessential Sebald territory, coastal East Anglia, which he portrayed in The Rings of Saturn. The film features Adam Philips, Robert Macfarlane, Rick Moody and Tacita Dean. Novelist Moody, a friend of Sebald, will introduce Patience at Film Forum on Wednesday, May 9, at 8:20pm. On May 11, at 8:20pm, Lynne Sharon Schwartz will do the introduction.