JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA | Dir. Ulrike Ottinger | 1989 | 165 min
Pre-screening reception at 5:00 PM, film begins at 6:00 PM!
With our final film we want to thank YOU, our wonderful and loyal audience, with a special wrap celebration at the Globe Cinema. Doors open and food served at 5:00 PM. Make sure to stay afterward for our door prize giveaways and conversation in the upstairs lobby!
Oscillating between modes of lavish theatricality and patient ethnography, Ulrike Ottinger’s kaleidoscopic film Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia renders cultural contact with a dazzling, feminized, and above all singular vision.
Set against the rolling landscapes of the Trans-Siberian railway, a group of travelers--mostly European, mostly women--find themselves taken captive by a group of all-female Mongolian warriors. However, subject to the captors’ “sacred laws of hospitality”, the travelers become guests, and before long, participants in a radically different conception of society.
A lush, poetic, and playful film, JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA marks a turning point in Ulrike Ottinger’s career, between the colourful, carnivalesque films of her early career and the rigorous, observational documentaries of her later career. Calgary Cinematheque is proud to present a film from an underseen, wildly inventive, and vital voice in queer German cinema.
JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA is the fifth and final selection in our FOCUS: LANDSCAPES series, and the final film of the 2017/18 season.
Join us for our season finale and wrap celebration on March 29!