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Return of the Pilots | Welt am Draht

Sat 28 August
14:30h Part I, 19:30h Part II
Lokal Harmonie
Duisburg-Ruhrort

Welt am Draht
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Film, 1973

At the institute of cybernetics and future research, scientists created an artificial world – a counterfeit of a presumed 'real' one. After the sudden death of the institute’s director his successor, Fred Stiller, seems to meet the same fate as he begins to suspect that the reality he is living in is itself a simulation.
This largely unknown film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder is an unsettling phantasmagoria on the anxiety of the use and misuse of computer modelling as a substitute for reality. Even 37 years after its initial screening on German television in 1973, the film displays an advanced vision of a present in which economic and social life have little material value – but rather, the film is engaged in new constant speculations about the status of reality – or its inevitable simulation.

After the screening of the film’s two parts Timothy Druckrey will lead a discussion on the film’s themes and provide background information about its production.

Sat 28 August
14:30h Part I, 19:30h Part II
Lokal Harmonie
Harmoniestraße 41
47119 Duisburg-Ruhrort
Map Duisburg-Ruhrort

Admission: € 5/4

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