Harn Risk Cinema Series

Volker Schlöndorff, The Legend of Rita

7:30–9:30 PM
November 13, 2001

Harn Museum of Art
SW 34th Street & Hull Road
University of Florida

Volker Schlöndorff’s The Legend of Rita (2000, Germany, 101 minutes) is the story of Rita Vogt, a young West German woman who flees to Communist East Germany after a failed attempt to free a jailed friend leaves several dead. Exploring the erosion of West German terrorist organizations of the eighties, the film follows Rita as she sheds her associations with the West and takes up residence in the East under a new identity. By 1989, Rita’s past has resurfaced and with the fall of the Berlin Wall the new life that she has created begins to disintegrate. The Legend of Rita is a politically urgent investigation into the appeal of terrorism and the motivations behind it. Bibiana Beglau won Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival in 2000 for her role in this film.

The film will be introduced by Nora Alter, UF Associate Professor, Department of German and Slavic Language and Literature, and Film and Media Studies.

The event is co-sponsored by the Harn Museum of Art’s Risk Cinema Series and UF’s Film and Media Studies Program. The Risk Cinema Series is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council; and the National Endowment for the Arts.