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Daily Screenings: Exile Shanghai by Ulrike Ottinger, artist and filmmaker (Germany)

27 May 2017, Sat - 13 Aug 2017, Sun 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Exile Shanghai (1997) tells the stories of six German, Austrian, and Russian Jews that intersect while exiled in Shanghai. Through narratives, photographs, documents, and music and images of the contemporary city, the film is a real-life epic with significant historical value. Albeit the film focuses on the life of Jewish refugees, it stresses at the same time the very condition of the exiled, preserving their culture in midst of another.

Visually, the interconnectedness of different histories and people is emphasised by the diversity of cultural influences. This moment of openness of Shanghai created a whole cosmos within the city. Presented through the lens of the exiled, its tone is nonetheless optimistic, converted through the enthusiasm of the characters.

Exile Shanghai is part of the daily screenings of Ulrike Ottinger: China. The Arts ­– The People, Photographs and Films from the 1980s and 1990s. It is presented at The Single Screen on every other day, alternating with Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia.

Exile Shanghai is screened on the following dates:

6 June 2017, Tuesday
8 June 2017, Thursday
10 June 2017, Saturday
14 June 2017, Wednesday
16 June 2017, Friday
18 June 2017, Sunday
20 June 2017, Tuesday
22 June 2017, Thursday
24 June 2017, Saturday
28 June 2017, Wednesday
30 June 2017, Friday

2 July 2017, Sunday
4 July 2017, Tuesday
6 July 2017, Thursday
8 July 2017, Saturday
12 July 2017, Wednesday
14 July 2017, Friday
16 July 2017, Sunday
18 July 2017, Tuesday
20 July 2017, Thursday
22 July 2017, Saturday
26 July 2017, Wednesday
28 July 2017, Friday
30 July 2017, Sunday

1 August 2017, Tuesday
3 August 2017, Thursday
5 August 2017, Saturday
9 August 2017, Wednesday
11 August 2017, Friday
13 August 2017, Sunday

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Regen (Rain), 1996. Context: Exile Shanghai, China. Courtesy the artist.


Initially a painter, Ulrike Ottinger (Germany) came to filmmaking in the early 1970s. She furthermore produced operas, several theatre plays, and radio dramas. Her films have received numerous awards and have been shown at the world’s most important film festivals, as well as appreciated in multiple retrospectives, including Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (2013), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010), Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2004), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000), and Cinémathèque française, Paris (1982). Her work has been featured in major international exhibitions such as Documenta (2017, 2002), Gwangju Biennale (2014), Berlin Biennale (2010, 2004), and Shanghai Biennale (2008). Recent solo shows include, among others, Johanna Breede Photokunst, Berlin (2015, 2013), Sammlung Goetz, Munich (2012), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2011), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2011), and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2004). Major monographies include Ulrike Ottinger: World Images (2013), Ulrike Ottinger (2012), Ulrike Ottinger: N.B.K. Ausstellungen Band 11 (2011), Floating Food (2011), and Image Archive (2005). In 2011, she was awarded the Hannah Höch Prize for her creative work, and in 2010 honoured with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.