Germania, Israel, 1997
Regie, Imagine: Ulrike Ottinger
”Exile Shanghai” is an odyssey telling the life stories of six German, Austrian, and Russian Jews, who found refuge in Shanghai from the persecution they experienced in their respective countries - from Sephardim in the mid-19th century, to Russian emigrants escaping pogroms, to Europeans fleeing the Third Reich’s Extermination Policy. It depicts a lost community full of contradictions, in between the luxurious colonial life, the social and gastronomic delights of Vienna and Berlin, the existence of a queer scene next to the misery of the new ghettos, and the enormous changes that would follow - war, Japanese occupation, revolution. Ulrike Ottinger mainly chooses to edit memories of these people with images of Shanghai today, thus triggering our imagination: we can see in our mental screen what is not there anymore. (Vanina Vignal)
Ulrike Ottinger (born in 1942, in Konstanz, Germany) is a visual artist and filmmaker. Ottinger is the founder of the Konstanz Film Club (in 1969) and the ”galeriepress” art gallery. She has also worked as a director for theatre and opera, and as a photographer.