Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul to open in February in Fassbinderplatz: Railway Museum, Parmova 35, Ljubljana Bežigrad, 46°03'45"N 14°30'04"E

The SNT Drama Ljubljana continues its current season entitled Intimacy by presenting a world premiere of a stage adaptation of Ali: Fear Eats Your Soul, a full-length feature film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder entitled Angst essen Seele auf, made in 1974. The staging is directed by Sebastijan Horvat. Other members of the creative team include Milan Marković Matthis (author of the adaptation and dramaturg), Urška Brodar (translator from German), Jernej Potočan (translator from Serbian) Igor Vasiljev (set designer), Belinda Radulović (costume designer), Drago Ivanuša (composer), Aleksandar Čavlek (lighting designer), Arko (language consultant), as well as Mitja Lovše (assistant director), Jernej Potočan (assistant dramaturg),  Maruša Mali (assistant set designer), Bernarda Popelar Lesjak (assistant costume designer) and Maša Pelko (student assistant director). The cast includes Nataša Barbara Gračner and Iztok Drabik Jug in the leading roles, as well as Barbara Žefran, Boris Mihalj, Eva Jesenovec, Klemen Janežič, Maja Končar, Maja Sever, Nik Škrlec, Petra Govc, Saša Mihelčič and Vojko Zidar.

Fassbinder takes us to Germany in 1970s. A 40-year-old Moroccan, El Hedi Ben Salem MʼBarek Mohammed Mustafa, called Ali, is one of the many migrant workers from his country, trying to pursue happiness in the golden years of economic migrations. Emmi Kurowski, a 60-year-old widow, earns a living as a cleaning lady. A genuine feeling of warmth and attraction springs up momentarily between her and Ali. However, their relationship stumbles upon strong prejudice and lack of understanding from their environment: Emmi’s female neighbours, co-workers, her grown-up children and even her local shop-keeper. They all grow increasingly cold and even hostile. Ali’s origin and his social position of a »Gastarbeiter«, challenge their narrowly defined notions of humanity, while they are being equally upset by his relationship with Emmi, 20 years his senior. The author tells a multi-layered and gripping love story set on the margins of society. Using his signature modernist aesthetics, Fassbinder allows the viewer to confront social stereotypes that even today – especially in view of a recent new wave of migrations, xenophobia and conservatism – remain neuralgic points of society and every single individual.

The staging will be presented in Fassbinderplatz: Railway Museum, Parmova 35, Ljubljana Bežigrad, 46°03'45"N 14°30'04"E. Previewing on Friday, 15 February at 19.30, the opening nights will take place on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 February at 20.00. Other dates in February are 18, 20, 22, 27 and 28 at 18.00 and 20.30.

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