Film screening

• Fri 20 11 – Sun 06 12 2020 / 2:15 – 6:30 pm •
Now Online: Escaping the Urbanscape

Film-Work is from now on offered online.
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Due to new governmental decisions to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, the Academyspace of the Academy of Arts of the World will not be open from 02 11 2020 until 31 01 2020. The exhibition Ghosts, Traces, Echoes: Works in Shifts cannot be visited during this period.


This package is about surviving alienation from work and urbanscape. The two films, made across the span of 32 years, are stylistically and ideologically very different. But together they make a vast spectrum of urban melancholy, public place culture and working-class fantasy.

Showtimes: Fri–Sun, 14:15–16:15 + 16:45–18:30
Venue: Academyspace, Herwarthstr. 3, 50672 Cologne
Free Admission | seats in the cinema room are limited to 3 *

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2017 | 26’ | Documentary, Science Fiction | Philippines, Canada
Director: Stephanie Comilang
Language: Tagalog with English Subtitles

On Sundays, Central in Hong Kong city becomes a pivotal space for Paraiso and the three female care-giving protagonists, away from their employers' homes where they live and work full time. On weekdays this space belongs to finance and banking but on Sundays, from early morning to night, Filipina domestic workers occupy it and convert it into a communal place to relax over food, drinks, manicures, prayer, and dance. Only when the women gather in large number the signal turns strong enough to summon Paraiso, the ghost played by a drone, who would transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home.

Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film offers a commentary on the present from the point of view of the future.

Script: Stefanie Comilang
Camera: Iris Ng
Music: Why Be, Sky H1, Elysia Crampton
Voice of Paraiso: Emily Comilang
Award: Sobey Art Award

1985 | 81’ | Fiction, Comedy | Finland
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Language: Finnish with English Subtitles

Fifteen melancholic men, all named Frank, band together and pledge to escape from their overfamiliar, overindustrialized, overurbanized district Kallio to a utopian land called Eira, where there is a fashionable waterfront and breezy greenery. Pekka, an English-speaking man with no second name, joins the bar-room conspirators as they don their dark glasses to set off on their desperate night trek. But the way is long, the night is unending and the city’s labyrinthine streets and metro tunnels are infested with loitering and huddled human wrecks, stray dogs, and permanently defunct streetlamps. The travellers gradually fall by the wayside due to such travails as marriage, work, and death.

Script: Aki Kaurismaki
Camera: Timo Salminen
Editing: Aki Kaurismaki, Raija Talvio
Music: Aki Kaurismaki, Mikko Mattila, Jone Takamäki, Casablanca Vox

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