//Curated by Luca Domeneghetti//
GOYA - ODER DER ARGE WEG DER ERKENNTNIS aka GOYA OR THE HARD WAY TO ENLIGHTENMENT (GDR-DDR/USSR 1971)
directed by Konrad Wolf; written by Konrad Wolf and Lion Feuchtwanger (novel), cinematography by Werner Bergmann; edited by Aleksandra Borovskaya; music by Faradzh Karayev; CAST: Donatas Banionis (Francisco de Goya), Olivera Katarina (The Duchess of Alba); Fred Düren (Esteve), Rolf Hoppe (Karl IV), Ernst Busch (Jovelianos); 128 min / color / original German with English subtitles
As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya - played by the great Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis (The Red Tent, Solaris) - has attained wealth and reputation. He believes in King and Church, yet he is also a Spaniard who dearly loves his people. This contradiction presents him with a dilemma. Based on the German-Jewish exile author Lion Feuchtwanger's novel, Goya is one of ten East German films originally shot in 70mm. This release is the director's cut and shows the influence of great filmmakers from Buñuel and Saura, to Eisenstein. Goya was nominated for the Golden Prize at the 1971 Moscow International Film Festival. Painter Francisco Goya stood astride the world of the old masters and the world of the modern, painting as he did in the late 18th and early 19th century. Konrad Wolf's biopic shows the artist in his later years, grappling with creative issues and multiple women and pondering just how outrageous he can be without having to have a conversation with the Inquisition. He believes in King and Church, yet he is also a Spaniard who dearly loves his people. This contradiction presents him with a dilemma.