Taken together, these films tell the history of mankind in the 20th. This is a wide panorama of time – even allowing for the deduction of wars and catastrophes. This 21stis a history of room temperature, with its samplings and probes. It is pleasant to be in though it is also necessary to attack it. This is what the programme was built around.
Passing Summer (Germany, 2001), directed by Angela Schanelec, 85 min
A small group of still-young Berliners live as simply as they can. Sometimes they fall in love, occasionally they brush with death, and at other times they become witness to the happiness of others. One of the best films about present day reality by the leader of the Berlin school, Angela Schanelec, it concerns the ocean of free time, the lake of ambiguity, the river of sorrow, the stream of love, and the air in which we all live.