Film screening and talk

• Sun 01 10 2017 / 7:30 pm •
Perfumed Nightmare Kidlat Tahimik


Perfumed Nightmare, 93', Germany/Philippines, 1977, in English with German subtitles

Witty and inventive, Perfumed Nightmare is a highly original 8 mm shoestring-budget production about the ambivalent love for the “West” in the Philippines of the late 1970s, when the pro-US dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos was at its height. Self-taught filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik plays the main role as a young man from a small village near Manila who drives a “jeepney,” one of the retooled US Army transports that serve as public transportation in the Philippines. He listens to Voice of America faithfully, dreams of flying to outer space from Cape Canaveral, and even presides over the local Wernher von Braun fan club. Then an unexpected encounter takes him from his village to a European metropolis, where he meets the promises of space-age progress face-to-face. Tahimik’s fable is semiautobiographical – he worked as an economist in Paris before becoming a filmmaker – and presents a sharp critique of neocolonialism while mixing genres and confounding expectations. The screening is introduced by media theorist NANNA HEIDENREICH and EKATERINA DEGOT.

Venue: Filmclub 813 at Die BRÜCKE, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Cologne
7 €

In cooperation with Film Festival Cologne