Film still from <em>Paula</em>. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut NZ

Film still from Paula. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut NZ

German Film Festival 2017 - Paula

  • Sun 8 Oct 2017
  • 6:30—8:30PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Free entry
  • Festival tickets can be picked up from the Govett-Brewster front desk in person on the day of each screening.
  • First in – first served, unfortunately no reservations by phone or email. Please take your seat 10 mins before the film starts as otherwise empty seats will be re-allocated
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

A dramatic biopic on the life and career of the breakthrough German painter, Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Painting is an unacceptable vocation for a woman in provincial Germany in the year 1900, but budding artist Paula Becker is determined to make her own rules. The exuberant 24-year-old woman rejects the conventional and explores her unique style. She flourishes in the countryside art community of Worpswede, where she develops friendships with artist Clara Westhoff and poet Rainer Maria Rilke. By marrying painter Otto Modersohn, she hopes to find a creative soulmate. He allows her to continue painting while assuming her duties as a good wife. But five years of domesticity take their toll on Paula’s spirit, and she travels alone to modern Paris, where she studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and soon begins a romantic affair. Headstrong Paula is unstoppable; she embarks on a period that will become her most compelling, a long-awaited time of creative fulfilment and self-realisation.

German/French with English subtitles, 2016, Colour, 123 min., Rated M, Dir. Christian Schwochow


Event Info

Goethe-Institut NZ