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Kino-Seminar "Phantasm of Modernity: A Contemporary Perspective"
April 18, 2012

On April 18, 2012 in the conference room of the Center for Urban History the next Kino-Seminar "Phantasm of Modernity: A Contemporary Perspective" took place. On the program - a screening and discussion of the film Metropia (Sweden, 2009, directed by Tarik Saleh). The Kino-Seminar runs in conjunction with the exhibition "Home: A Century of Change".

Metropia is a classic anti-utopia, which depicts life in Europe in 2024. The name of the film, of course, refers to Fritz Lang's classic, Metropolis. Both films offer hopeless visions of the future in order to criticize the present. Both touch on common themes - authority, technical progress, social structures, the city of the future. The creators of Metropia also endowed the title of the film with an additional meaning. The immediate meaning of the term Metropia refers not to the big city - the metropolis - but rather is created from the word metro. The world shown in the film is an enormous technological anthill permeated with the endless lines of an underground metro system. Our hero tries to find an answer to the "eternal" question: who is he in this world? A nameless ant, a free citizen or something else?