Poetry / Spoken Word

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MELANCHOLIA (Melancholie/Melancholy) A short silent film by Patrick Müller after the poem by German Latinist Jacob Balde (1604–1668). This film was entirely shot in Ingolstadt, Germany, where Balde was a professor of rhetoric from 1635. He was widely known as the “German Horace”. In MELANCHOLIA he reflects on his desperate situation in Bavaria and the possibility of an invigorating flight into spirituality, that transcends all limits of places and times.

Stummfilm nach dem gleichnamigen Gedicht von Jacob Balde (1604–1668). Darin reflektiert der einst als „deutscher Horaz“ gerühmte neulateinische Dichter über seine verzweifelte Situation in Bayern und die Möglichkeit einer belebenden Flucht ins Geistige, die Grenzen überwindet. Der bewegte Bilderbogen ist vor Ort in Ingolstadt gedreht, wo Balde ab 1635 als Rhetorikprofessor an der Universität lehrte.

Germany, 2013, Double Super 8, 4 min.
Camera: Quarz DS8-3, Film Stock: Fomapan R100, Processing: FFR Film, Idstein, HD transfer: Ochoypico, Madrid. Special thanks to the people in the Internet forum "e-Latein" for their helpful and friendly assistance in the translation of the film vocabulary.

18./19.10.2014 at 7th ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Berlin

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