Film Festival in Bangalore

The Flying Eye – Retrospective Michael Ballhaus

04 – 13.07.2008
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Free Entry. All are welcome!

Inauguration: 04.07.2008 at 6:30 p.m.
with the talk
Eye to Eye – The Cinematographic Art of Michael Ballhaus
by Indian cinematographer Sunny Joseph

Fassbinder is no stranger to Indian film audiences and the films in this series may have been screened before but this time from a radically different perspective – literally from behind the camera – spotlighting Michael Ballhaus, Germany’s best-known cinematographer.Born in Berlin in 1935, Ballhaus took up a teaching position at the German Film and TV Academy in Berlin.His work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder began in 1970 and it was at this time that Ballhaus developed his unique style. The legendary 360-degree tracking shot, in which the camera moves in a circle around the actor became the hallmark of Ballhaus’ style.

In the 1980s he began a second career in the United States where he rapidly became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after cameramen and significantly influenced both German film during one of its most interesting phases, as well as Hollywood’s film aesthetic. Having worked with famous German and international directors Ballhaus is the silent man behind the scene who makes films more enjoyable even today with for example his latest work the Hollywood blockbuster, The Departed which won four Oscars.
The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan is showing movies from his early German phase, when he worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Indian cinematographer Sunny Joseph will open the series with an introductory talk on Michael Ballhaus, entitled Eye to Eye – the Cinematographic Art of Michael Ballhaus. In the talk, Sunny takes a close look at the ways and means by which Michael Ballhaus transmits the emotions contained in the story to the spectators. This enquiry focuses on the uniqueness of Michael Ballhaus’s cinematographic art, the technological innovation and his methodology of creation – SIMPLICITY. All this is discussed agianst the backdrop of a quest into the marvels of eye and the faculty of vision.

Born in 1957, Sunny Joseph studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and is a cinematographer, editor, script writer and director, who has worked on several award-winning films. He is especially well-known in the South Indian cinematography scene, with many of his films winning best Kannada or Malayalam film awards. He is an active member of film societies and lectures at various film institutes. With his long-standing theoretical and practical expertise, Sunny Joseph is therefore the perfect person to introduce German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus in our current series. 


Germany, 2002, 13′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1970/71, 103′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1971, 124′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1974, 123′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1975, 120′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1976, 86′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1978, 120′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1976, 104′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
Germany, 1992, 103′
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan




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  1. germany film festival na infarmetion And Calendar na mahithi nidirudke thanks.


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