Carte Blanche: Mariette Rissenbeek On German Women Cinematographers, The Museum of Modern Art, 1 – 12 March 2019

Carte Blanche: Mariette Rissenbeek On German Women Cinematographers, The Museum of Modern Art, 1 – 12 March 2019

MoMA’s Carte Blanche is an ongoing series in which film and art-world luminaries present a selection of films that are of personal or professional significance to them. Mariette Rissenbeek, the outgoing managing director of German Films, will present 11 feature films for this series shot by German women cinematographers.

The personal selection made by Rissenbeek honors the creative work of Sonja Rom, Daniela Knapp, Bella Halben, Leah Striker, Sophie Maintigneux, Ulrike Ottinger, Jakobine Motz and Judith Kaufmann. Of the eight cinematographers, Daniela Knapp, Leah Striker, Sophie Maintigneux, Ulrike Ottinger and Jakobine Motz will all travel to New York to present their work. The series will open with THE POLL DIARIES by Chris Kraus, followed by a reception, and follow with 13 MINUTES by Oliver Hirschbiegel, ADAM & EVELYN by Andreas Goldstein, EMMA’S BLISS by Sven Taddicken, ENDZEIT – EVER AFTER by Carolina Hellsgård, EXIT MARRAKECH by Caroline Link, IF NOT US, WHO by Andres Veiel, THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN by Ingo Haeb, THE EDUKATORS by Hans Weingartner, THIS IS LOVE by Matthias Glasner, and UNDER SNOW by Ulrike Ottinger.

Rajendra Roy (Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film at New York’s Museum of Modern Art) on this very special series: "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), as well as the first to lead one of the top three European festivals (including Cannes and Venice). This is a milestone that took sixty-nine years to achieve, and it is cause for overdue celebration. Known to lovers of German cinema through her leadership of the film promotion agency German Films, she began her career in production. MoMA is pleased to offer this opportunity for New York cinephiles to get to know this ground-breaking figure and applaud her staunch support for women throughout the industry. Here, she selects 11 films all shot by German women cinematographers."

Mariette Rissenbeek states: "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. 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 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."

The cooperation between German Films and MoMA has a long tradition. For 35 years
Kino! New Films from Germany was organized by the two creative partners, which brought current films of German directors to the New Yorker audiences.

Schedule available at:

13 MINUTES by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Camera: Judith Kaufmann)
ADAM & EVELYN by Andreas Goldstein (Camera: Jakobine Motz)
EMMA’S BLISS by Sven Taddicken (Camera: Daniela Knapp)
ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER by Carolina Hellsgård (Camera: Leah Striker)
EXIT MARRAKECH by Caroline Link (Camera: Bella Halben)
IF NOT US, WHO by Andres Veiel (Camera: Judith Kaufmann)
THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN by Ingo Haeb (Camera: Sophie Maintigneux)
THE POLL DIARIES by Chris Kraus (Camera: Daniela Knapp) opening film
THE EDUKATORS by Hans Weingartner (Camera: Daniela Knapp)
THIS IS LOVE by Matthias Glasner (Camera: Sonja Rom)
UNDER SNOW by Ulrike Ottinger (Camera: Ulrike Ottinger)

In cooperation with Deutsches Haus @New York University, also a long time partner, a panel will take place Sunday, March 3rd 2019, the motto being "The Vision She Sees: A Conversation among Female Film Professionals". Five cinematographers and Mariette Risenbeek will be on hand for the discussion at Deutsches Haus.

Contact: Nicole Kaufmann