Kristian Olsen | April 25, 2018
Volker Schlöndorff and Ignacio Walker, two eminent figures from the 1968 era, will deliver public lectures at the upcoming conference at the University of Notre Dame. Titled “1968 in Europe and Latin America,” the lectures are jointly sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
Schlöndorff will open the conference at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (April 26) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium with his lecture, “1968: A Long Time Coming.” Schlöndorff will also introduce a screening of his film, “Young Törless,” at 7 p.m. Friday (April 27) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Walker will close the festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 28) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium with his lecture, “1968: Reform or Revolution.”
Both lectures are free and open to all. Tickets to the film are available for free at the Nanovic Institute (1060 Nanovic Hall) and at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office, 574-631-2800.
Schlöndorff is a film director, screen writer and producer from Germany who has worked on more than 30 feature-length movies, documentaries and short films. He is known for bringing German literary works to the screen and for making “unfilmable” subjects accessible to wider audiences. His film “The Tin Drum” won the highest prize at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival — the Palme d’Or — and then won Best Foreign Language Film at the 1980 Academy Awards. “Young Törless,” his debut feature film, was released in 1966. In the film, Törless and his friends mercilessly bully another student at their boarding school in pre-war Austria-Hungary. The film is a thought-provoking reflection on power dynamics, following orders, the depth of human cruelty and the possibility for redemption.