AN IMAGINARY CONVERSATION BETWEEN ALBERT CAMUS, ROSA LUXEMBURG, AND THOMAS MANN, DRIVEN BY AN EXCEPTIONAL CAST.
Combining musical excerpts, film projection, and the reading of various texts, Exils intérieurs is an imaginary dialogue between Thomas Mann and his wife Katia, Rosa Luxemburg and Albert Camus about the position of the artist when he or she is faced with oppression. When an artist takes a stand against an authoritarian regime, what are the consequences for his or her life and work? In 1936, Thomas Mann had been living in voluntary exile in Switzerland for three years. But he had made absolutely no public statements regarding politics. He had even refused to participate in the Congress of Writers for the Defence of Culture, though his brother Heinrich had played a key role in it. Because he was likely the most eminent German writer of his time, he had been pressured by both sides to take a position. The Nazis insisted that he return to Germany and implied that his inconceivable ideas about freedom would be ignored if he said something nice about the Führer. The anti-fascists begged him to join them. In 1936, he decided to express himself on the subject of Nazi antisemitism. The next day, he was stripped of his German nationality and became stateless
direction Amos Gitai
Texts Thomas Mann, Rosa Luxemburg, Albert Camus, Antonio Gramsci, Else Lasker Schüler Video Tsili with excerpts of Kippour, terre promise,LULLABY TO MY FATHER & In the Name of the Duce lights Jean Kalman Costumes Emmanuelle Thomas direction Assistant Talia de Vries
with Natalie Dessay, Pippo Delbono, Jerome Kircher, Markus Gertken, Hans-Peter Cloos
& the musicians Alexey Kochetkov violin, Bruno Maurice Accordion, Philippe Cassard Piano
voices of Hannah Schygulla and Jeanne Moreau