Fassbinder February: In a Year of 13 Moons

As part of the Film Series virtual Speaker Series, Fassbinder February focuses on the works of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the prolific LGBTQ+ film director of 1970s West Germany. Once a week, all throughout February, a guest speaker will give a talk on a different film of the trailblazing director. Each film is available on popular streaming services like The Criterion Channel, HBO Max, and/or Amazon Prime. Watch each ahead of time and then join us all month long for interesting and thought-provoking discussions on the many works that focus on politics, gender, sexuality, race, social stigma, and so much more.

On February 18th at 7p.m., Pete Timmermann, director of the Webster University Film Series, will discuss


In a Year with 13 Moons 

(Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978, West Germany, 124 minutes) 

A howl at the unpleasantness of being alive perhaps unmatched in all of cinema, Fassbinder made In a Year with 13 Moons in the wake of the suicide of his lover Armin Meier. Our main character is Elvira (frequent Fassbinder collaborator Volker Spengler), a transwoman whose love is misplaced and who endures physical and emotional beatings at an unendurable rate. Keenly important in understanding Fassbinder’s worldview, and one of his very best films besides (a high bar to cross, when you’re as reliable as Fassbinder was), potential viewers should approach In a Year with 13 Moons with caution, not least of which for a scene that was shot in a real slaughterhouse. 

With a free post-film discussion on February 18 at 7:00 p.m. from Pete Timmermann, director of the Webster University Film Series. 

Thursday, February 18 at 7:00pm

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