Artists' Film Club: Loretta Fahrenholz’s Two A.M.

5 Oct 2019

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Sat, 05 Oct
10:00 – 18:00

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ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts)

London, United Kingdom


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The European premiere of Loretta Fahrenholz’s Two A.M. a new feature length work, three years in the making, followed by a conversation between Fahrenholz and Steven Cairns, ICA Curator of Artists’ Film and Moving Image.


Two A.M. is a hallucinatory tale of coercion, control, and peer-to-peer surveillance on the fringes of present-day Berlin.

Fahrenholz draws on Irmgard Keun's 1937 novel, After Midnight, for her protagonist, Sanna. Where Keun's young narrator turned a septic eye on the rise of the Nazis in prewar Germany, Fahrenholz's Sanna is pitted against her own overbearing family of mind-reading 'Watchers,' who use their powers to monitor the thoughts and feelings of their human counterparts. As a police state tightens its grip in the face of increasing social unrest, Sanna goes on the run from her volatile Watcher aunt and reconnects with her sister Algin, a blacklisted pop star. But when an escape from her claustrophobic past seems just within reach, events conspire against Sanna and her allies, in an unpredictable fever dream of desire, voyeurism, and political chaos.

Loretta Fahrenholz (b. 1981 in Starnberg) lives and work in Berlin and New York. Recent films include Mashes of the Afternoon (2018), My Throat, My Air (2013), Ditch Plains (2013), Grand Openings Return of the Blogs (2012), Que Bárbara (2011), Implosion (2011) and Haust (2010).

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