2007. Germany/Switzerland/Belgium. Maria Speth. 125 min.
Friday, November 9, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2007. Germany/Switzerland/Belgium. Written and directed by Maria Speth. With Sandra Hueller, Luisa Sappelt, Coleman Orlando Swinton. Rita, a young woman wanted by the police, flees to Belgium to find her natural father. But all is not what it seems. Madonnas is an intense character study of a mother who, according to the filmmaker, "is very different from the one symbolized by the statue of the Mother of God with a child on her arm...I wanted to set the figure of Rita in a relationship of tension to this." Speth's second feature (her first, The Days Between, was also screened at MoMA) charts the behavior of a woman who violates the expectations of motherhood, presenting a provocative figure that is vulnerable, edgy, and quite unlike any other in contemporary cinema. In German, French, English; English subtitles. 125 min.