Im Spiegel der Bilder. Die Filmemacherin Birgit Hein

Im Spiegel der Bilder. Die Filmemacherin Birgit Hein

Karin Jurschick


This biopic film about Birgit Hein opens on a train: Hein looks out of the window, pulls a camera out of her bag and starts filming. Her voice is heard off-camera: »I may need to go somewhere else to talk about myself.« The images of the passing snow-covered scenery change to dark green leaves and tropical-looking trees. Next comes a longer excerpt from Baby, I will make you sweat (1994), her film about getting older, her frustration, her female desires and sexual encounters with young Jamaicans. The blurred, grainy, repetitive and flickering images and a partly diffuse, partly rhythmically characterised sound collage create the intense atmosphere of a personal travel diary.

Karin Jurschick’s film allows herself and us time to follow the images and sounds of Birgit Hein’s films. Birgit Hein gives a focused and lively account of her work using visual material, how she moved from art to film and the artistic debates of the 1960s in Cologne. She describes in detail her enthusiasm for the materiality of film, for the grainy quality of film and the possibilities of working directly on and with celluloid film.

By centring solely on Hein as a person and her films, the film gives a very clear insight into the reflective, emotional and also subjective way that Birgit Hein dealt with images and their effect in her films. It also shows how far she travelled, from the structural films and the material films of W+B Hein of the 1960s and 1970s to her films as a solo director from the 1990s onwards.


Karin Jurschick


Detlev Sackenheim


Holger Bischoff, Jürgen Gorzel


Stephan Lacant


Westdeutscher Rundfunk


Köln im Film

Karin Jurschick

Karin Jurschick studied theatre, film and television, German and history in Cologne. She co-founded the International Women’s Film Festival Feminale in 1984 and was part of the organising team until 1998. From 1990, she worked as a cultural editor for the magazine Stadtrevue and as a freelance radio and television author. She then gave lectures and courses at numerous universities. Since 2000, Jurschick has been making feature-length documentary films, in the roles of author, director and producer. Her films have screened at numerous national and international festivals and have won several awards. She has been a documentary film professor at HFF Munich since 2017.

Films by Karin Jurschick
Playing God 2017 | Krieg und Spiele 2016 | Der weiße Raum 2014 | Sieben Stunden Todesangst. Das Überleben der Susanne Preusker 2012 | Das Böse. Warum Menschen töten 2012 | Die Wolke. Tschernobyl und die Folgen 2011 | 24 Stunden Berlin (director of episode) 2008 | Nach dem Mord an Theo Van Gogh 2005 | Die Helfer und die Frauen 2003 | Danach hätte es schön sein müssen 2000