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A Filmic Ode to W.G. Sebald Comes to a Theater Near You

By Harriet Staff

We know poets like themselves some W.G. Sebald (and novelists like his poetry); and now we can all see a filmic ode to the German writer. The New Directions blog tells us more about the recent release, entitled Patience (After Sebald), from the director of Joy Division, and based on the beloved novel Rings of Saturn:

The film made its US debut at the New York Film Festival back in September, and New York Times critic A. O. Scott had this to say about it:

Grant Gee’s “Patience (After Sebald)” is, to some degree, a survey of the work of the German writer W. G. Sebald, who spent most of his career in England and whose books, blending fiction, memoir, philosophy and travel writing, defy easy classification. The film, assembling critics and colleagues to reflect on Sebald’s 1998 book, “The Rings of Saturn,” is both an essay in interpretation and an attempt to replicate the writer’s distinctive, elusive sensibility in a visual medium. “Patience (After Sebald)” tries to be both descriptive and immersive, explaining its subject even as it reproduces aspects of his style.

Needless to say, we’re very excited about this, and are even happier that it’s opening at one of our favorite theaters in New York — Film Forum. The premiere screening on May 9 will feature Rick Moody, who will introduce the film and discuss Sebald’s work. Showtimes and tickets are available here.

The trailer below! Photo by Jillian Edelstein.

Posted in Poetry News on Monday, May 7th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.