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Freak Out!

This screening took place on
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Long-haried barefoot people. Free love! Veganism! Experiments with drugs… The sixties, right? Not quite.
In 1900 a group of middleclass kids revolted against their time and started the original alternative community – Monte Verità, the mountain of truth on a moutainside in Switzerland. A community based on veganism, feminism, pacifism and free love.

“Even as the parents of the group members cut off all support, the list of artists and thinkers who frequented the place reads like a laundry list of the great minds of the last century. Freud, Jung, and even Lenin, made regular visitations. One of the most central figures at Monte Verità was Otto Gross, a protégé of Freud and the only child of Hans Gross, who invented the science of criminology. Otto Gross’s later trial and incarceration (at the behest of his father) supposedly inspired Franz Kafka to write The Trial. Hermann Hesse (author of Steppenwolf) was similarly inspired by the commune’s residents, which included Gusto Gräser, whose proto-hippy garb and messianic ways attracted legions of followers. Choreographer and dancer Mary Wigman worked closely with dance pioneer Rudolf Laban at Monte Verità before setting out to reinvent modern dance.

A recreation of Ida Hofmann, one of original five founding members, provides a narrative, while archival photos, animation, and reenactments bring to vivid life this long-forgotten site of cultural revolution. Carl Javér’s beautifully animated documentary is a reminder that it is always possible to reinvent the world.” Dorothy Woodend, DOXA Festival

In German and English with English subtitles.

  • Directed by Carl Javér
  • 2014, Swe/Ger/Nor/Den
  • 89 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
Freak Out!

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