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Open-Air Cinema in the beautiful Städel Garden

09.07.2017 | 19:55 Clock | Culture
Open-Air Cinema in the beautiful Städel Garden



Admission for the evening screenings is 7:00 p.m. each evening, film starts at dusk

Admission is free

The popular summer cinema in the Städel Garden will take place again this year. In the wonderful atmosphere around the green roof of the Städel extension, open-air cinema will be offered from 12 to 15 July 2017.

The film program has been designed to match the currently running special exhibition "Photographs Become Pictures. The Becher Class" (until 13 August 2017). On three evenings, the classic photography Blow-Up (1966) by Michelangelo Antonioni, Wim Wenders Palermo Shooting (2008) and Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000) will be shown after dark, with free admission. The fourth day will then look a little into the future and set the mood for the major Städel autumn exhibition "Matisse - Bonnard. ‚Long Live Painting!'". On this day, two films will be shown that deal with the theme of friendship. The screening for young visitors will already take place at 3 p.m. in the Metzler Hall: The film Pünktchen und Anton (1998) will be shown there. The audience can decide for themselves which film will be shown in the open air on Saturday evening: The choices are Adam Elliot's Mary & Max - or: Do Sheep Shrink When It Rains? (2009), Jean Becker's The Labyrinth of Words (2010) and Pretty Best Friends (2011) by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.

Admission to the Summer Cinema in the Städel Garden is free on all days. Admission is from 7:00 pm, the film starts at dusk on each day. Please bring your own blankets and seating (no chairs) and refrain from bringing large bags and backpacks. Cold drinks as well as savoury and sweet food will be provided before and during the film screenings. Even before the film starts, DJ Biffy (Discocaine) will provide a summery, relaxed atmosphere.

In case of bad weather, the screenings will take place in the Metzler Hall of the Städel Museum.


Wednesday, July 12, admission 7.00, film starts at dusk


UK 1966, Director: Michelangelo Antonioni, 107 minutes, German version, Rated 16

The life of London photographer Thomas (David Hemmings) plays out between

fashion shoots, parties, drugs and fast sex, leaving him visibly bored. On a ramble through the city, he secretly photographs a pair of quarreling lovers in the park. On the enlargements of the photos he later believes he can discover evidence that a murder took place before his eyes. But is this really true? Michelangelo Antonioni's study of Thomas's ever-increasing paranoia is a stylish portrait of the "mod" generation in Swinging Sixties London.


Thursday, July 13, admission 7.00, film starts

at nightfall


D/IT 2008, Director: Wim Wenders, 104 minutes, German version, Rated 12

Wim Wenders follows Finn (Campino from the "Toten Hosen"), a successful photographer who is at the peak of his career and leads a dissolute life, in this psychological drama. After Finn narrowly escapes death one night, he and his team travel to Palermo for a photo shoot. When the shoot is complete, Finn sends his staff back home and is left

alone in Sicily. During aimless wanderings through the city, he not only makes the acquaintance of restorer Flavia (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), but also encounters death - both of which give him a new perspective on life.


Friday, July 14, admission 7.00, film begins at dusk


USA 2000, Director: Christopher Nolan, 108 minutes, German version, Rated 16

After a robbery by two burglars in which his wife was raped and murdered and he himself was injured, insurance agent Leonard (Guy Pearce) suffers from anterograde amnesia, which prevents him from storing new memories. Since then, he has been making do with Polaroid photos and notes tattooed on his body. Despite the loss of his short-term memory, Leonard is determined to avenge his wife's death - even in the face of the fact that he will forget even a successful vendetta against her murderer. The intricately composed film is told in two storylines, one of which proceeds in chronological order and the other in reverse chronological order.


Saturday, July 15, admission 2 p.m., film begins 3.00 Uhr, Metzler-Saal


D 1998, Director: Caroline Link, 105 minutes, German version, FSK 0

Ten-year-old Pünktchen (Elea Geissler) and eleven-year-old Anton (Max Felder) are best friends. Anton comes from a poor background and works every evening in a small ice cream parlour to take care of his sick mother (Meret Becker). Pünktchen wants to help her friend, but although her parents (Juliane Köhler and August Zirner) are very rich, they have neither time nor money to spare for their daughter. Thanks to her ingenuity, the girl nevertheless finds a way to secretly raise money for Anton: While her parents are at the opera, Pünktchen sings in downtown Munich. She has learned the songs from her French au pair Laurence (Sylvie Testud), whose boyfriend Carlos (Benno Fürmann), however, is not entirely harmless. Luckily Anton is on hand when things get dicey.

Saturday, July 15, admission 7.00, film starts at dusk


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AUS 2009, Director: Adam Elliot, 93 minutes, German version, Rated 12

Mary Daisy Dinkle is a lonely and unassuming eight-year-old girl living in a Melbourne suburb in Australia in the mid-1970s. Her mother is a kleptomaniac alcoholic, and her father works in a tea bag factory and spends his spare time taxidermy dead birds. Wanting to know how babies are born in America, Mary picks a random name from the Manhattan phone book - Max Jerry Horowitz - and sends that person a letter. Max is 44 years old, overweight, and has Asperger's Syndrome, which makes it difficult for him to interact with other people. His response to Mary's letter begins a 20-year correspondence, punctuated by a stay in a psychiatric hospital and some misunderstandings. But will the two unlikely pen pals ever meet in person?



F 2010, Directed by Jean Becker, 78 minutes, German version, Rated 6

It is the story of two disparate people who become close through literature: In a park, Germain (Gérard Depardieu) accidentally sits down next to Margueritte (Gisèle Cadadesus). Germain is 50-ish and practically illiterate, Margueritte a petite, elderly lady and avid reader. This meeting is the first of numerous others in which Magueritte reads passages from novels to Germain, introducing him to the world of books to which he thought he had no access. When Margueritte reveals to him that she is gradually losing her sight, this circumstance moves him to practice reading, or rather reading aloud, for her. Their special friendship eventually even causes Germain to become a "kidnapper".



F 2011, Director:

Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, 108 minutes, German version, Rated 6

Philippe (François Cluzet) is rich, aristocratic, educated and has an army of domestic servants. But nothing works in his life without help, as he is paralyzed from the neck down. A young man named Driss (Omar Sy), who has just been released from prison and suddenly appears in Philippe's orderly life, really upsets it. All Driss really wants is an application stamp for his unemployment benefits, and at first glance, the charming loudmouth from the suburbs isn't at all suited for the job as a caregiver. But his carefree, cheeky manner makes Philippe curious. He spontaneously hires Driss and gives him two weeks to prove himself. It's the beginning of a crazy and wonderful friendship that will change Philippe and Driss forever.

Where?: Städel Museum, Schaumainkai 63, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

When?: Wednesday, July 12, to Saturday, July 15, admission for the evening screenings at 7 p.m. each night, film starts at dusk

Admission free

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