RETROSPECTIVE

Cinema of Splendour

Our RETROSPECTIVE focuses on discovering the possibilities of cinema through a look into the past – with a different focus every year.

The core of our festival is the discovery of new directors from all over the world. Since 2020, however, we have also been taking a regular and annually changing look at the history of cinema with our retrospective. By rediscovering or even rediscovering historical films, we can also explore the possibilities of the medium. The predecessors put the films of the present into context.

For this year's festival, curator Hannes Brühwiler and festival director Sascha Keilholz have now chosen a supposedly ordinary theme: fashion. "Cinema of Splendour - Fashion in Film" is the title of our 2022 retrospective. This topic is also reflected in the new central poster motif of the IFFMH, a female model photographed in profile. An iconic scene from film history is taken up here, the female figure observed by the camera, who in this case also becomes an active observer herself, observing the world attentively and with interest.

Fashion has shaped film history and led to some of its finest moments. For its part, cinema has served as a showcase since its beginnings, presenting clothing not only as a mass commodity but also as an art form to an audience of millions. In general, film and fashion have some things in common. Not least of all, they are the two most popular commercial industries that emerged in the second half of the 19th century. To this day, they are an expression of modern life par excellence. Looking at the oldest selected films and their US origin, it is remarkable that Hollywood's early studio bosses often came from the clothing industry themselves and had made their fortunes there. No wonder, then, that fashion is particularly splendid in their films.

Films 2022:

  • Girlhood

    Bande de filles
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  • Ludwig

    Ludwig
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  • Orlando

    Orlando
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  • Paris Frills

    Falbalas
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  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Picnic at Hanging Rock
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  • Pink Narcissus

    Pink Narcissus
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  • Puzzle of a Downfall Child

    Puzzle of a Downfall Child
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  • Salomé

    Salomé
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  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant
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  • The Handmaiden

    Ah-ga-ssi
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  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides
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  • The Women

    The Women
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Hannes BrühwilerRETROSPEKTIVEhannes.bruehwiler[at]iffmh.de
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