Her Name Was Europa, preceded by A Night At The Opera

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Berlin-based filmmakers Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy fashion a poetic and deadpan 16mm work of fanciful nonfiction based on historical attempts to bring back the aurochs, a breed of wild cattle extinct since the early 17th century. Screening with the latest archival wonder from Sergei Loznitsa, an ironic mini-portrait of the galas of Paris’s Palais Garnier in the 1950s and ’60s.

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Program Features

6m
Her Name Was Europa Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez, Aily Nash and directors Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy.

19m
A Night at the Opera

Sergei Loznitsa, 2020, France

Digging once again into the deep archives of 20th-century audiovisual history, Sergei Loznitsa crafts this elegant, ironic mini-portrait of the galas of Paris’s Palais Garnier in the 1950s and ’60s. With his typically masterful use of montage and a minutely reconstructed soundtrack, Loznitsa revisits a sociopolitical microcosm that features adoring crowds and glimpses of Bardot, Cocteau, and Queen Elizabeth II amid the pomp and ceremony of Parisian high society.

1h 16m
Her Name Was Europa

Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, 2020, Germany, Dutch and English with English subtitles

The aurochs were a breed of wild cattle indigenous to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Extinct since the early 17th century, these majestic, horned beasts have long held a mythological status, believed to embody supernatural powers. In thgere early 20th century, German scientists began a series of attempts to resurrect the species under the auspices of the Nazi regime; such experiments continue today in various forms. Berlin-based filmmakers Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy use this history to fashion a poetic and deadpan 16mm work of fanciful nonfiction that calls attention to itself as a constructed version of a strange reality.

27m
Her Name Was Europa Q&A

A conversation between Aily Nash and directors Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy.

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1m
58th New York Film Festival Trailer
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HBO Documentary Films
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