Lutz Dammbeck, OVERGAMES

Film screening at Kino Atelier am Bollwerk
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
Hans D.Christ in conversation with Lutz Dammbeck

An event by
Kino Atelier am Bollwerk
in collaboration with
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Entrance fees: 12 Euro, 10,50 Euro reduced


Germany 2015
Directed and written by Lutz Dammbeck
164 min.

Kino Atelier am Bollwerk
Hohe Str. 26, 70176 Stuttgart

“To be honest, it was based on games that were played primarily in psychiatric hospitals in the United States,” the television host Joachim Fuchsberger confided on Anne Will’s show in 2004. He was talking about Nur nicht nervös werden, the first game show that aired on West German television in the early 1960s. Asked how many of his loyal viewers were in fact patients, Fuchsberger replied: “Well, it certainly was a crazy, mentally deranged generation.”

Lutz Dammbeck takes this statement as the starting point of his filmic investigation. What psychological and strategic functions did game shows fulfill in the context of the US reeducation program in West Germany? OVERGAMES explores the historical roots of game shows, uncovering a traumatized nation’s search for identity. OVERGAMES is a film about entertaining and serious games, therapy in the service of the reeducation of self and others and the intellectual history of a permanent revolution.


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