Class Relations + En rachâchant
+ intro by Helen Hughes, University of Surrey
The filmmakers’ imagining of two books about young boys coming up against the constraints of their lives.
West Germany-France 1983
With Christian Heinisch, Mario Adorf, Harun Farocki
+ En rachâchant
En rachâchant gets to the anti-authoritarian heart of Marguerite Duras’ Ah! Ernesto!, about a boy who is wise beyond his years. Class Relations is a balefully beautiful black-and-white film: Straub-Huillet’s imagining, featuring Harun Farocki, of Franz Kafka’s incomplete novel Amerika. Of Kafka’s characters, Straub has said they ‘appear helpless as they are confronted with something that is difficult to grasp directly, something that is not the “fate” of the Greeks, but produced by industrial society.’