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Screening and Talk by German Filmmaker Ute Aurand

Showing of Aurand's film Young Pines (Junge Kiefern)

Princeton University’s Film Studies Committee and the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts will screen Ute Aurand’s recent film, Junge Kiefern (Young Pines), and present a talk by the German filmmaker on Wednesday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The presentation, the 2012 John Sacret Young ‘69 Lecture, is free and open to the public.

Young Pines, which was screened at last year’s New York Film Festival, is an exploration of contemporary Japanese culture and its relationship to nature.  “Even in the big cities,” says Aurand about her time in Japan, “I experienced how strongly the Japanese feel connected to nature and how they tend to see no contradiction between culture and nature.”  Documentation of her trips to various part of the country form an unwitting tribute to a country recently shaken by the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima, which occurred while Aurand was in the midst of editing her film.

Equally intimate are Aurand’s film portraits.  Placing her family and friends at center stage, these short films weave small, personal details into what the Harvard Film Archive calls “affectionate renderings of personality and memory.”  Aurand will also screen several of these short filmic portraits as part of her talk.

Aurand has been making films since 1980 and is a devoted 16 mm filmmaker.  She teaches, lectures on film, and curates film festivals across Europe and the United States. She studied at the film and television academy in Berlin and co-founded the group FilmSamstag.  In 1991 she published the book Frauen machen Geschichte – 25 Jahre Studentinnen an der DFFB (Women Make History -- 25 Years of the Women Students at the DFFB) together with Maria Lang.

John Sacret Young, for whom the lecture is named, is a 1969 graduate of Princeton and an author, producer, director, and screenwriter. Young has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards and seven Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards , winning two WGA Awards. He is perhaps best known for co-creating, along with William F. Broyles Jr., China Beach , the critically acclaimed ABC-TV drama series about medics and nurses during the Vietnam War.  For an episode he wrote and directed, Young won a WGA.  The West Wing brought him two more Emmys and two more WGA nominations. Young has also received a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award , and his original mini-series about the Gulf War, Thanks of a Grateful Nation , was honored with his fifth Humanitas Prize nomination and second win.

Photo link: https://lca.sharefile.com/d/s0c76ea5eb544168b

Photo caption:  Image from Ute Aurand’s film Junge Kiefern (Young Pines), an exploration of contemporary Japanese culture and its relationship to nature, which will be screened at the Lewis Center for the Arts on November 7 with a talk by Aurand following the film.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ute Aurand

Event Information



Wednesday, November 7, 2012
4:30 PM


James M. Sterwart '32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street




Free and open to the public

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