Wednesday, February 25
21:00 — Mindpirates Projektraum Schlesisches Str. 37
After the fabulous EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO at this year’s Berlinale (should it get distribution over here, run and see it!) Mind Pirates are revisiting Greenaway’s wonderful breakthrough hit: THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER, a multi-layered black comedy melodrama about “sex, greed and violence in our consumerist society— how everything passes from the mouth to the anus,” as Greenaway puts it.
Read as an allegory to the Thatcher years, the politics of COOK, THIEF could probably be broadly applied to many tyrannical administrations:
A gang leader (Michael Gambon), accompanied by his wife (Helen Mirren) and his associates, entertains himself every night in a fancy French restaurant that he has recently bought. Having tired of her sadistic, boorish husband, the wife finds herself a lover (Alan Howard) and makes love to him in the restaurant’s coziest places with the silent permission of the cook (Richard Bohringer).
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.