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Section: Apollo - Cinema Memories
Country: West Germany 
Year: 1978

 

In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (In a Year with 13 Moons)

color/ 119 minutes

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Screenplay: Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Cinematographer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Editing: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Juliane Maria Lorenz. Music: Peer Raben, Gustav Mahler ("Adagio" aus der 5. Symphonie). Cast: Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Gottfried John, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Eva Mattes, Günther Kaufmann, Liselotte Eder, Isolde Barth, Karl Scheydt, Walter Bockmayer.

The film recounts the last few days in the life of Elvira, a transsexual woman formerly known as Erwin. After being beat up for trying to buy sex in a park, she returns home to her longtime lover Christoph, who's been away for six weeks. Christoph abuses her verbally and physically, and when he announces he's leaving for good, she desperately tries to stop him, only to be rescued by her friend Zora. We watch as Elvira and Zora visit a slaughterhouse and the orphanage where Elvira grew up, and her later contacts with her family and former lover Anton Saitz, as she attempts to come to terms with the consequences of her decision to change her sex.

Production:
Tango-Film (München), Pro-ject Filmproduktion im Filmverlag der Autoren GmbH (München), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Was born on May 31, 1946, Bad Wörishofen, Germany - died June 10, 1982, Munich, West Germany), motion-picture and theatre director, writer, and actor who was an important force in postwar West German cinema. His socially and politically conscious films often explore themes of oppression and despair.
Fassbinder left school at age 16 and became involved with Munich's Action-Theatre, an avant-garde repertory group for which he wrote, acted, and directed. When the company was closed by police in May 1968, Fassbinder founded the "anti-teater" troupe that produced original works and unusual stage versions of literary classics. Many of the actors with whom he worked in both companies later starred in several of his films.
Fassbinder made his first full-length motion picture in 1969 under the pseudonym of Franz Walsch, an alias he used until 1971. A prolific artist, he went on to complete more than 40 films and many theatre pieces during his brief career. His films, which are highly critical of middle-class values and manners, include Katzelmacher (1969; the word is Bavarian slang for "foreign worker"), about a working-class Greek who shocks the German bourgeoisie; Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant (1972; The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant), an account of power struggles in human relationships; Angst essen Seele auf (1973; Ali: Fear Eats the Soul), a tale of doomed romance between a German cleaning woman and a much younger Moroccan mechanic; and In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden (1979; In a Year of 13 Moons), a political allegory concerning a transsexual who regrets having undergone a gender-reassignment operation. Fassbinder's great trilogy - Die Ehe der Maria Braun (1979; The Marriage of Maria Braun), an ironic portrait of a marriage that reflects German history from World War II to the "economic miracle" of the 1950s; Lola (1981), Fassbinder's version of the Blue Angel legend; and Der Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss (1982; Veronika Voss), based on the life of the German actress Sybille Schmitz - was well received.

 

 

Filmography:

1982 Querelle
1982 Veronika Voss
1981 Lola
1981 Theatre in Trance (Documentary)
1981 Lili Marleen
1979 The Third Generation
1979 The Marriage of Maria Braun
1978 In a Year with 13 Moons
1978 Despair
1978 Germany in Autumn
1976 Chinese Roulette
1976 Satan's Brew
1975 Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven
1975 Fox and His Friends
1974 Effi Briest
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
1972 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
1971 The Merchant of Four Seasons
1971 Beware of a Holy Whore
1971 Whity
1970 The American Soldier
1970 Gods of the Plague
1969 Katzelmacher
1969 Love is Colder Than Death
1966 Das kleine Chaos (Short)
1966 The City Tramp (Short)
1966 This Night (Short)