The film for today’s cultural sector precariat: superbly educated, but stumbling from one internship to the next. ASTA UPSET tells the story of a young freelance curator whose exhibition project loses public funding when she is unwilling to make nice with her sponsors. However, this narrative only provides a loose frame for dialogue – sometimes resembling a manifesto – that criticizes the status quo of the »creative economy« and its political administration. Director Max Linz also takes aesthetic cues from a time when radical critique was still considered sexy: the film starts out with a discussion of Fassbinder’s TV series EIGHT HOURS ARE NOT A DAY, and its colour scheme is not the only aspect reminiscent of Godard. Other unmistakable inspirations come from Alexander Kluge, Christoph Schlingensief, and René Pollesch. ASTA UPSET never degenerates into a mere parade of references, though – Max Linz’s dffb graduation film is too smart, self-aware, and humorous for that. A pretty unique attempt in German cinema of making a political motion picture beyond the confines of politically correct issue films.
Ich Will Mich Nicht Künstlich Aufregen
Institut für Film- und Videokunst e.V.
Potsdamer Straße 2
Selected filmography Max Linz
DIE FINANZEN DES GROSSHERZOGS (2011), DAS OBERHAUSENER GEFÜHL – EINE DEPRESSENTATION IN ZEHN FOLGEN (2012)