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Exil Shanghai

Exil Shanghai

The lives of six German, Austrian and Russian Jews cross paths in war time Shanghai. This documentary film traces their lives in exile through interviews, documents, photos combined with scenes of contemporary Shanghai. Located in the Far East's greatest metropolis with its numerous contradictory and conflicting histories and populations, these documentary episodes converge to form a startling new account of an historic exile.


Ulrike Ottinger was born in Constance in 1942 and studied Art in Munich from 1959-1961. She lived in Paris from 1962, working as a freelance artist and photographer. She has been living in Berlin since 1973 and is a member of the Academy of Arts and the European Film Academy in Berlin. Active as a writer, director and camerawoman, a selection of her films includes: LAOKOON & SONS (1973), MADAME X - AN ABSOLUTE RULER (1977), TICKET OF NO RETURN (1979), FREAK ORLANDO (1980), DORIAN GRAY IN THE MIRROR OF THE YELLOW PRESS (1984), CHINA. THE ARTS - THE PEOPLE (1985), JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA (1989), TAIGA (1992), EXILE SHANGHAI (1997), SOUTHEAST PASSAGE (2002), TWELVE CHAIRS (2004), PRATER (2007), THE KOREAN WEDDING CHEST (2008), and UNDER SNOW (2011), among others.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1996
Director Ulrike Ottinger
Screenplay Ulrike Ottinger
Cinematography Ulrike Ottinger
Bettina Boehler
Collection Raymond Wolff
Cast Gertrude Alexander, Theodor Alexander, Rena Krasno, Inna Mink, Georges Spunt, Geoffrey V. Heller
Producer Ulrike Ottinger
Production Company Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion/Berlin, in cooperation with Transfax Film/Tel Aviv
Length 275 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 English/German/Chinese
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Berlin 1997 (Forum), San Francisco 1997, Munich 1997
With backing from German Federal Film Board, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Israeli Film Center, The New Foundation For Cinema & Television, Tel Aviv, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Tel Aviv
German Distributor Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek/Berlin

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