A unique art house cinema above the rooftops of the city – a view of the Stein ruins
The open-air cinema in Baden is a tip-off among moviegoers. It’s not just because of the dizzying height – on the sixth floor of the Gartenstrasse multi-storey car park. This is also due to the spectacular program unique to open-air cinemas.
The open-air cinema Baden goes into its sixteenth edition this summer. A film is screened here every evening after sunset for ten days. The program does not include loud Hollywood productions like “House of Gucci” or “Elvis,” which tell the well-known rags-to-riches story.
There are stories from around the world, from Russia, Norway, Denmark, Ireland and Canada, that deal with different fates and life plans and are shown in the original language and with subtitles.
Historical movies and upcoming movies
You can tell from the program that in the 15-member OK team, which is purely based on volunteerism, not only the founding generation, but also many young people have a say. In addition to historical films such as “Belfast”, which tells the story of violent riots in the Northern Irish capital in the late 1960s, there are also some youth films such as “Licorice Pizza” and “Ninja Baby”. Or “the worst person”. in the world” schedule.
All three films have strong protagonists who are told to grow from an authentic female perspective. “It was important for us to bring films that show new perspectives and surprises,” says OC member Lily Megerle. And more:
“We’ve also brought a documentary film to the program in the past.”
Flashing across the screen this Saturday evening is Joachim Trier’s “Worst Person in the World,” the sky in the background slowly changing from pink to violet to deep blue, set in Oslo. It tells the story of Julie, a 30-year-old woman who doesn’t know what she wants in life. She begins to study medicine, which she drops out to study psychology instead, and eventually decides to become a photographer.
During this time, she meets Axel, a 44-year-old comics writer. Both fall in love with each other. But sooner or later the age difference becomes a problem. Axel wants children, but Julie isn’t ready for them yet. At this point she runs away from the expectations of her partner, who is on the cusp of success as a comic artist, still unaccomplished professionally, and takes refuge in the arms of Eivind.
A snapshot of a generation
The film is a brief portrait of a generation that deftly interweaves themes such as feminism, sexism, climate crisis, sustainability, psychoanalysis and more.
The design of the film is also daring: like “Ninja Baby” in the Monday evening program, there are animated cartoon scenes. Along with this, Julie is shown leaving Axel in The Matrix style, where the world stands still around her as she runs through the city.
More than just an open-air cinema, the open-air cinema will last till Saturday. It is a dwelling place. It’s worth arriving early and enjoying a cool drink and tarte flambé before the performance. The bowls court is also up again this year.
A particular highlight is the final evening with the “Sound of Metal”. The multiple Oscar nominated film is about a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing.
Here you can find all the information about the open-air cinema in Baden Website www.freiluftkino-baden.ch
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