(August 21st – 27th September 2014)
One of the most important Modernist German graphic artists, Hans Hillmann designed 130 film posters between 1953 and 1974, including designs for landmark films such as Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket. Hillmann had as much of a signature as the auteurs whose films he interpreted, revered directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and Luis Buñuel.
As a tribute to the designer and illustrator who died in May this year, Kemistry Gallery will hold an exhibition of Hillmann’s film posters from 21 August – 27 September. This will be the first presentation of his work in the UK and will give a full overview of the evolution of his style.
With his bold, daring creations, Hillmann transformed the art of film advertisement, but Germany’s equivalent of Saul Bass is not well-known in the UK. In the 1950s he used a painterly form of illustration, while throughout the 60s his designs increasingly included photography. Experimental motifs that often appear in his work include ripped paper and the use of multiple images, so the poster resembles a film strip. Meanwhile the designs he created in the late 1960s and 70s, show the influence that Minimalism had on him.
French director Alain Resnais and German filmmaker Edgar Reitz both personally commissioned posters for their films from Hillmann and he had a long partnership with Jean-Luc Godard, designing posters for the German releases of eight of Godard’s films. That Godard was a fan of Hillmann’s is without doubt: many of Hillmann’s designs can be seen in the background of his 1967 film 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
To accompany the exhibition the Goethe-Institut and the Institut Français in London will show a selection of films that Hans Hillman designed posters for, showing that fifty years on, Hillmann’s posters are still bringing new audiences to exciting and brave cinema. The films will include masterpieces such as 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her and Pickpocket as well as little-seen classics like Glauber Rocha’s Antonio das Mortes and Nicole Vedres’ Life Begins Tomorrow.
The exhibition is curated by film critic and curator Isabel Stevens and is organised with the help of the Museum Folkwang/German Poster Museum in Essen.
For the Press Release, please see here.
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Films Screenings at the Goethe-Institut London
Jean-Luc Godard: Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle / Two or Three Things I Know About Her
FRI 29 aug 7pm
Godard follows a day in the life of a wife and mother, whose various quotidian activities include prostitution. The attentive viewer will be able to spot several posters by Hans Hillmann.
France 1967, colour, 90 mins. With English subtitles.
Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin & Ray Ashley: Little Fugitive
TUE 2 sept 7pm
Praised by François Truffaut as the film that showed the French New Wave the way, Little Fugitive immerses us in the world of seven-year old Joey who runs away to Coney Island believing he killed his older brother.
USA 1953, b/w, 80 mins.
Andrzej Munk: Eroica
THU 4 sept 7pm
Polish director Andrzej Munk’s ‘heroic symphony’, set during WWII, presents two sardonic tales which aim to demystify the archetypal image of heroism.
In collaboration with Second Run DVD and the Polish Cultural Institute.
Poland 1957, b/w, 81 mins. With English subtitles.
Glauber Rocha: Antônio das Mortes
TUE 9 sept 7pm
Legendary Brazilian director Glauber Rocha follows the trajectory of hitman Antônio das Mortes, who is hired by a landowner to fight against the Cangaceiros, bandits that lead the poor. Winner, Best Director, and nominated for Palm d’Or, Cannes FF 1969.
Brazil 1969. Colour, 95mins. With English subtitles.
Nicole Védrès: La vie commenÇe demain / Life begins tomorrow
THU 11 sept 7pm
Chris Marker credited Nicole Védrès with originating the essay film in her BAFTA-nominated first semi-fictional feature, in which significant artists and intellectuals, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Le Corbusier, André Gide and Pablo Picasso speculate on the present and the future in face of the atomic threat.
France 1949, b/w, 86mins. With English subtitles.
Clive Donner: The Caretaker
TUE 23 sept 7pm
Clive Donner’s brilliant adaptation of Harold Pinter’s play starring Donald Pleasance, Alan Bates, Robert Shaw.
United Kingdom 1963, b/w, 105 mins. In English.
G.W. Pabst: Westfont 1918
THU 25 sept 7pm
Set during the last months of the First World War, mostly along the French frontline, Pabst’s first sound film follows the fate of four German infantry soldiers as they experience the relentless war in the trenches as well as the dire situation back home.
Germany 1930, b/w, 96mins. With English subtitles.
VENUE Goethe-Institut London
TICKETS £3; free for Goethe-Institut language students and library members. Booking essential
BOOKING 020 7596 4000
Film Screenings at Ciné lumière, Institut français:
Le Procès de Jeanne d’Arc / The Trial of Joan of Arc
SUN 31 aug 2PM
Using a script based on the actual transcript notes taken during her trial, Robert Bresson presents a uniquely realistic view of the story.
France 1962, b/w, 65 mins. With English subtitles.
SUN 7 sept 2PM
Inspired by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket is a terse, intense portrait of a solitary young man who embarks upon a life of petty theft.
France 1959, b/w, 75 mins. With English subtitles.
VENUE Ciné Lumière, Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
TICKETS £8 / £6 concs
BOOKING email@example.com or 020 7871 3515,