Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

  • Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

  • West Germany, 1974, 89minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin

Wandering into a bar one night, 60-year-old widow Emmi meets Ali, a much younger Moroccan man. The two unexpectedly fall in love, but their romance comes under threat from the intolerant attitude of those around them. In his reverent homage to Douglas Sirk, Fassbinder reworks Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows (1955) (which also inspired Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven, 2002) into a quietly searing exposé of racism in 1970s Germany. Tragic, hopeful and cynical in equal measures, this heartrending melodrama is one of Fassbinder’s finest works and an iconic work of New German Cinema.

Cannes Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

German Film Awards: Best Actress


In-theatre Screening

  • 2021-05-22 (Sat)
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