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Daily Screenings: Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia by Ulrike Ottinger, artist and filmmaker (Germany)

27 May 2017, Sat - 13 Aug 2017, Sun 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
27 May 2017, Sat - 13 Aug 2017, Sun 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia (1989), starring Badema, Lydia Billiet, Inés Sastre, and Delphine Seyrig, is Ottinger’s only feature fiction film shot in East Asia. Staged in the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad, the film starts by introducing four different Western women, each representing a story from different epochs, and who meet on this train. A group of Mongolian female warriors kidnap them, and the story unfolds amidst multiple cultural misunderstandings. The intersection of the fictional and the documentary arises from the encounter with the foreign, which intervenes unpredictably and filled with humour along the plot.

The entire film is a homage to the way nomadic cultures leave their mark along the travelled paths, and embraces the migration of culture. Different kinds of narration are explored within this feature, emphasising cultural relations, similarities and contrasts, as well as how misunderstandings can be productive.

Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia 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 Exile Shanghai.

Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia is screened on the following dates:

7 June 2017, Wednesday
9 June 2017, Friday
11 June 2017, Sunday
13 June 2017, Tuesday
15 June 2017, Thursday
17 June 2017, Saturday
21 June 2017, Wednesday
23 June 2017, Friday
25 June 2017, Sunday
27 June 2017, Tuesday
29 June 2017, Thursday

1 July 2017, Saturday
5 July 2017, Wednesday
7 July 2017, Friday
9 July 2017, Sunday
11 July 2017, Tuesday
13 July 2017, Thursday
15 July 2017, Saturday
19 July 2017, Wednesday
21 July 2017, Friday
23 July 2017, Sunday
25 July 2017, Tuesday
27 July 2017, Thursday
29 July 2017, Saturday

2 August 2017, Wednesday
4 August 2017, Friday
6 August 2017, Sunday
8 August 2017, Tuesday
10 August 2017, Thursday
12 August 2017, Saturday

Image credit: Ulrike Ottinger, Tsam Zeremonie im Grasland, Abt und Lamas vom Tempel Xili Tu Zhao, 1988. Context: Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia, Grassland, Mongolia. 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.