Jean Seberg – Against all Enemies
Biopic, Servus TV, Sunday, 8:15 p.m
A fictional biopic about an amazing actress, told along the lines of reality, but in which cinema is only marginally featured. American Jean Seberg became an icon of the French Nouvelle Vague for her role in Godard’s Out of Breath. Director Benedict Andrews focuses largely on the period when Seberg had fled European life and her husband, writer Romain Gary, and was in love with Black Panther activist Hakim Jamal. That brought them into the sights of the FBI under its head J. Edgar Hoover and its paranoia of un-American activities. This shadowing, which violated every private sphere, destroyed Seberg psychologically. Kirsten Stewart plays this with moving fragility, but also power.
Fantasy, Sat 1, Saturday, 8:15 p.m
What could be a greater expression of freedom than the ability to fly? Just like – against all the laws of physics – the clumsy young elephant Dumbo, who, when stomping across the earth, often trips over his ears and is laughed at for it. But Dumbo is not free, he is a circus elephant, a money-making attraction who has to bend to the will of those who believe they can control him. The director Tim Burton is harsh on them in his remake of the story, a mixture of live and computer animation recordings. In Planet of the Apes , however, the situation has reversed, the animals dominate the people who have to come to terms with them. This is also a remake by Matt Reeves, in which the lines of conflict also run within the two species (Sat 1, Saturday, 10:35 p.m.).
Animation, Disney Channel, Saturday 8:15 p.m
There’s still hope, that’s the message the Pixar animated film sent out in 2008 when it hit theaters. And this despite the fact that it is basically a disaster film. The earth is a junkyard, the people have made the planet uninhabitable and thereby exterminated themselves except for a colony that has saved itself into space. Between mountains of rubbish and surrounded by sandstorms, the robot Wall-E completes a Sisyphus task almost alone: it cleans up by collecting rubbish, pressing it and piling up the cubes to form new skylines. His only companion is a cockroach, later a probe and a plant. Wall-E keeps some things, memorabilia from an analogue past. From them and the robot’s steadfastness, hope for a future after the climate catastrophe grows.
Tragic comedy, RBB, Saturday, 11:30 p.m
“Why did we come here?” Rosa asks her husband Romano. The Italian couple moved to Germany, more precisely to Oberhausen, with their two sons, ten and twelve years old, in the 1960s as a so-called guest worker family. The toilet in the corridor, onions so small that you hardly recognize them as such: Rosa does not really understand this strange country in which she now lives. Yes, she finds it backwards in many respects. That’s director Fatih Akin’s trick: the adaptation doesn’t go in one direction. In their pizzeria, Rosa and Romano shape their Ruhrpott milieu with their way of life. And, on the other hand, they never really come to terms with their new homeland. The roots in their village of Solino will never be severed. On a second narrative level, a hard quarrel between the brothers unfolds.