GERMANY: A film by Olivier Morel


Location: DeBartolo Hall, Room 131

Germany, a film by Olivier Morel

“Germany as told by writers Christoph Hein, Wladimir Kaminer, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, & Bernhard Schlink” (ARTE France, 2014) focuses on how renowned contemporary writers living in Germany and writing in German are interacting with the country’s history in their personal, public, and creative lives.

Marked by very different backgrounds (East Germany, Russia, Turkey, and West Germany, respectively), these influential writers are key figures whose works bear witness to a new way of depicting Germany’s trauma in modern literature and culture.

This event is sponsored by the Department of German and Russian and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

About the author

French and American Director Olivier Morel is an Assistant Professor in Film, Television, and Theatre and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame. His previous work as a filmmaker includes the award-winning feature-length documentary film titled On the Bridge (ARTE-Zadig Productions, 2011). He is also the author of two books, “Visages de la Grande Guerre” (Calmann-Lévy, 1998) and “Berlin Légendes” (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2014), as well as a graphic novel titled “Revenants” (drawings by Maël, Futuropolis, 2013; “Die Rückkehrer,” Carlsen Verlag, 2014; “Walking Wounded” NBM publishing, 2015), and he has collaborated in the creation of a number of photo exhibitions with Didier Pazery (such as “Expo 14,” Paris, Gare de l’Est, June-November 2014) as well as the web-documentary “Profils 14-18” (TV5-Monde, 2015).

Film Characteristics

Documentary film / 53 minutes.

Seconde Vague Productions, Paul Saadoun / ARTE France, Martine Saada & Bernard Comment, 2014.

Director Olivier Morel / Cinematography Sarah Blum / Sound Erik Ménard / Editing Matthieu Augustin

Premiered on the European television channel ARTE on October 6, 2014.