The Merchant of Four Seasons

  • Dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

  • West Germany, 1972, 84minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Hans Hirschmüller, Irm Hermann, Hanna Schygulla

The first film of Fassbinder’s new creative phase is a stylistically self-aware story of a self-destructive man’s fall from grace. After being unceremoniously fired from the police force, Hans is now a fruit vendor whose never-ending frustrations with life turn him into an abusive bully. Even when his understanding wife helps him find small victories at work, Hans sinks into an existential crisis. Merciless in his comically melancholic depiction of arrested development, Fassbinder successfully reinvents himself as a thrilling new voice in the melodrama genre with this film.

German Film Awards: Best Feature Film, Best Actor and Best Actress


In-theatre Screening

  • 2021-05-16 (Sun)
    Buy Ticket2021-07-03 (Sat)


1. Screenings at ALL commercial cinemas : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

3. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

4. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS appreciates its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.