Skip to main content


West Germany, 1973 (MIFF 1974)

Director: Karin Thome

This is the first feature film from Karin Thome, who has directed several controversial television documentaries in West Germany. The title ├╝bernacht introduces a series of sexual encounters cast in the frame of 'Once upon a Night'.

The promiscuous protagonist, Laura, played by Karin Thome, engages in a whirl-wind tour— swapping partners on a commune, having an affair with a capitalist, and finally giving it all away to ride a jeep through Africa. This trip is imaged through constant references to the films of Godard.

├╝bernacht shows us the lives of the fringe-dwellers: hippies, artists and adventurers; and how they, too, live the petit-bourgeois ideal of liberty. This sexual odyssey is presented in large fragments. The chronological sequence of events is vague, and it is left to the viewer to arrange them in his own way.

These breaks in continuity are not signs of incompleteness, but attempts to emphasize the relative autonomy of the sequences in which details are repeated to create an ambivalent and even dream-like effect.

'Her odyssey of promiscuous drop-out is most obviously a tour of Godard's career.'

Jan Dawson, Sight and Sound

See also...

Ribb's Motorcycle

A boy has a motorcycle and a girlfriend. After a dream one night. the boy calls his girlfriend and tells her about the origin of the motorcycle. The cycle is a gift from a friend, who wants to ... More »


A room. And the story of a man and his child. The child is autistic - and that means that time stands still. It also means isolation. An isolation which overcomes the man just as he is trying to get ... More »

Art in Our Time: Painting

The film illustrates the development of modern painting, using the most important artists from Klee to Pollock. ... More »


A subjective impression of the vigorous growth and tremendous potentialities of a Brazil, rich in tradition but looking to the future; a film that does not attempt to give a reasoned, historical or ... More »

Everything's Just Fine

Through the combination of photographs taken from the Fifties and the movement of computer wipes, the images in this video song lead a life of their own. ... More »


After working as an actress and script-writer, Margarethe von Trotta has now directed two features. The first The Second Awakening of Christa Klages is currently in distribution in Australia and her ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director