A fearless artist who knew no taboos, Rainer Werner Fassbinder combined scathing social criticism with profound psychological insight. After failing to get into film school he turned instead to the theatre, rapidly winning renown as a radical, innovative writer-director. With ferocious energy, though minimal resources, he started to make films, building a loyal team of actors and technicians drawn from the theatre (his first 10 features were made in less than two years). An insatiable film addict from early childhood, Fassbinder drew inspiration from the French New Wave and, later, from the Hollywood melodramas of Douglas Sirk and others. But what emerged from his dazzling fusion of style and content was a powerful, personal vision of people imprisoned by social constraints and their own contradictory desires. Provocative, poignant, darkly witty: these are films that could change your life.
 The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (2 + 3 June)
 Fear Eats the Soul (7 + 8 June)
 Effie Briest (11 + 12 June)
 Fox and His Friends (12 + 14 June)
 The Marriage of Maria Braun (18 + 19 June)
 Despair (20 + 21 June)