Fred Kelemen, Fate, 1994. © the artist

Fred Kelemen, Fate, 1994. © the artist

Fate is a remarkable debut film, admired by critic Susan Sontag as “a visionary, one-of-a-kind achievement”. Taking place over one night in Berlin, it follows an emigrant Russian accordion player and his lover through this city of lost people, fatefully bound together by their solitary quest for happiness. Unscripted, and shot on handheld video with natural lighting, Fate is a dance of desire, pain and survival. Introduced by the film critic Jonathan Romney. 

One of the boldest German filmmakers of the last 20-years, critic Susan Sontag compared Kelemen’s “urgently relevant” work to Alexander Sokurov and Bela Tarr. He garnered attention for his 1990s trilogy – Fate, Frost and Nightfall. Believing in “time and not in speed”, meditations on human dissolution, cruelty and loneliness unfold at somnambulant pace. Set amongst Europe’s late-capitalist underclass of the unemployed and dispossessed, he captures nocturnal urban low-life with beauty.

Dir. Fred Kelemen, 80mins + Intro, 1994

Fred Kelemen was born in West Berlin, he studied directing and cinematography at the German Film & TV Academy in Berlin from 1989 to 1994. His diploma film Fate received the German National Film Award in 1995. Following this he directed Frost (1997/98), Nightfall (1999) and Fallen (2005), each drawing international attention and awards including several FIPRESCI Awards. He has collaborated extensively as cinematographer with several film directors including Joseph Pitchhadze (Sweets, 2012), Béla Tarr (Journey to the Plain, 1995; The Man from London, 2007; The Turin Horse, 2011), Rudolf Thome (The Visible and the Invisible, 2006) and Gariné Torossian (Stone, Time, Touch, 2005). Retrospectives of his work have been presented at Anthology Film Archives, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Hungarian National Film Theatre, Budapest and at cinemas, film museums and film festivals worldwide. Kelemen is a member of the German Film Academy, the European Film Academy (EFA) and of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP). 

Curated by AV Festival 12. Regional Premiere.

Fate / Verhaengnis
Dir. Fred Kelemen

£8 / £6.95

Thu 8 March 2012, 6pm-7.45pm

Tyneside Cinema

10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG