IU CINEMA: Eight Hours Don't Make a Day
New 2K Restoration
There will be a 45-minute intermission approximately halfway through the screening for a meal break.
A young Fassbinder was commissioned to make a working-class family drama, and he upended expectations by depicting social realities in West Germany from a critical—yet far from cynical—perspective. Over the course of several hours, the sprawling story tracks the everyday triumphs and travails of the young toolmaker Jochen and many of the people populating his world, including the woman he loves, his eccentric nuclear family, and his fellow workers, with whom he bands together to improve conditions on the factory floor. Rarely screened, the film rates as a true discovery, one of Fassbinder’s earliest and most tender experiments with the possibilities of melodrama. In German with English subtitles.