Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day

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EIGHT HOURS DON'T MAKE A DAY

NEW RESTORATION! VANCOUVER PREMIERE! "Life ... Labour ... Love." Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the late, great German wunderkind, was the very definition of a prolific artist. In a brief but brilliant 13-year career — cut short by his sudden death from a drug overdose in 1982, at age 37 — Fassbinder directed more than forty feature-length works for cinema and TV. One of those, Berlin Alexanderplatz, was by itself 15 hours long. In 1970 alone, he made seven features! And Fassbinder’s extensive catalogue, it seems, still has masterpieces to reveal. Cinephiles were agog earlier this decade with the rediscovery and restoration of Fassbinder’s 1973 sci-fic epic World on a Wire, a virtually unknown four-hour telefilm. Now comes another epic surprise: Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, an eight-hour, five-part miniseries originally broadcast on West German television in 1972-73, and rarely seen since. (It has never before been released in North America.)

“A thrilling new peak in Fassbinder’s towering career ... Multifaceted, provocative, and meaningful.”
ALIZA MA, FILM COMMENT

Made with members of Fassbinder’s regular troupe of actors, including Gottfried John, Hanna Schygulla, Irm Hermann, and Kurt Raab, Eight Days is an ambitious, stylish melodrama of working-class family life. Its sprawling tale concerns a young toolmaker (John); the woman he loves (Schygulla); his eccentric family (including Fassbinder first-timer Luise Ullrich, marvellous, as the grandmother); and the fellow workers he attempts to organize. The series tackles the director’s pet themes — social class, power dynamics, oppression, our desperate desire for love — but (yet another surprise!) does so with a feel-good warmth, optimism, and humour not usually associated with his work. This new restoration, made possible by the Fassbinder Foundation and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, premiered at Berlin in 2017. “Eight Hours arrives like a gift from the movie gods” (Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader).

"A vital missing link in a brilliant artist’s oeuvre ... Eight Hours debuts in America at an imperiled time to remind audiences what real political filmmaking is."
CHUCK BOWEN, SLANT

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SPECIAL SERIES PASS - $35!

Part I: Jochen and Marion (103 min.)

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 11:00 am
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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 6:30 pm
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Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 4:30 pm
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Part II: Oma and Gregor (101 min.)

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 1:00 pm
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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 8:30 pm
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Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 6:30 pm
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Part III: Franz and Ernst (93 min.)

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 3:30 pm
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Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 6:30 pm
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Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 8:30 pm
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Part IV: Harald and Monika (91 min.)

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 5:20 pm
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Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 8:20 pm
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Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:30 pm
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Part V: Irmgard and Rolf (90 min.)

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 7:30 pm
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Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 4:30 pm
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Monday, September 17, 2018 - 8:20 pm
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Special Labour Day Marathon!
Monday, September 3
The entire eight hours of Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, Fassbinder’s sprawling saga of working-class family life!

Part I - 11:00 am
Part II - 1:00 pm
Part III - 3:30 pm
Part IV - 5:20 pm
Part V - 7:30 pm

Marathoners! Need to grab a quick bite? Dying to limber up? Two longer breaks, each approximately 40-minutes long, have been scheduled for meals or stretches: one between Parts II and III, and one between Parts IV and V.

Places to go nearby approx. 15 minutes away