Thursday, May 2, 1996

Wanting the Same Thing and Not Wanting the Same Thing

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco.

Ingo Kratisch and Jutta Sartory have had major retrospectives in several European cities, but their 13 films remains largely unknown in the U.S. Their work depicts reconstructed post-war German culture, filmed without a didactic heavy-hand and revealing daily life through nuanced sounds and images. Das Gleiche wollen und das Gleiche nichtt wollen (1990, 98 min.) represents for me a turning point. It is not a document or an essay, but an expression. And what it expresses is precisely the need to become whole again. Not only personally, but for the city, the nation, and the society as well. When Sartory, Kratisch, and their friends repair the gravestones in the cemetery of Adass Yisroel, it is not only the Jewish community that is being repaired, but Berlin and Germany as well.” (Daniel Eisenberg)