Friday (9/8): 7:30 p.m
Sat (9/9): 3:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Sun (9/10): 3:45 p.m.
Wed (9/13): 5:30 p.m.
Thu (9/14): 7:45 p.m.
Friday (9/15): 5:30 p.m
Sat (9/16): 6 p.m.
Sun (9/17): 1:30 p.m.
Wed (9/20): 5:30 p.m.
Thu (9/21): 8 p.m.
“Ali: Fear Eats the Soul” (1974) tells the story of two people: Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira) is about 60, a widow who works two shifts as a building cleaner and whose children avoid her. Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) is about 40, a garage mechanic from Morocco who lives in a room with five other Arabs and describes his life simply: “Always work, always drunk.” Ali is not even his real name; it’s a generic name for dark-skinned foreign workers in Germany.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder told their story in a brief film that he dashed off in 15 days in 1974 between the big-budget productions “Martha” and “Effi Briest.” He shot it on a shoestring. Mira was a little-known supporting player, and Salem, then Fassbinder’s lover, had played only bit parts. The story was inspired by “All That Heaven Allows,” the 1955 Douglas Sirk film starring Jane Wyman as an older woman who falls in love with her young gardener (Rock Hudson).
Fassbinder said he made the film just to fill the time between bigger pictures, but “Ali” may be the best of his 40 or so films; it certainly belongs on the short list with “The Marriage of Maria Braun” and “Merchant of the Four Seasons.”
The film is powerful but very simple. The two characters are separated by race and age, but they have one valuable thing in common: They like one another, and care for one another, in a world that otherwise seems coldly indifferent.
92 min | Melodrama
Directed by: Rainer Wermer Fassbiner
Starring: Brigitte Mira & El Hedi Ben Salem
Will be shown with subtitles.
Tickets will be avaible online soon at THEHIPP.ORG, or by calling the box office at (352) 375-4477.
- Starting Friday, September 8th, 2017, repeated every day until Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm