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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Flash: Barbara Sukowa to Introduce Fassbinder's 'Lola' at IFC Center


Face it: Nothing says New Year’s Weekend like a long date with your old friend Fassbinder at IFC Center. As though his ghost wriggled up through the Sixth Avenue sidewalk to lash out at all this year-end acclaim for former contemporary Werner Herzog, Fassbinder’s Lola storms the cinema tomorrow with an introduction from star Barbara Sukowa.
Yes, that Barbara Sukowa. Fordham University professor Anne-Katrin Titze will also drop in for a short Q&A with Sukowa, so do not think you are going to be left in the room unsupervised or anything.
Then, Sunday at noon, IFC is screening Fassbinder’s entire BRD Trilogy–The Marriage of Maria Braun, Lola and Veronika Voss–for the low, low price of only $20. (Single-screening tickets are available as well, but sources say Fassbinder’s coke-and-speed fueled ghost will rampage around your apartment and curse your 2006 in spittle-soaked German.)
IFC Center’s Web site has all the scheduling details for this weekend’s other Fassbinder screenings. Just remember–Barabara Sukowa. Try to behave, OK?

One Response to “Flash: Barbara Sukowa to Introduce Fassbinder's 'Lola' at IFC Center”

  1. Jason Okamoto says:

    What? You can’t wax smart ass intelectual about Fassbinder just a little bit? I expect more from STV.

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