• Ulrike Ottinger

    The Renaissance Society

    Travel remains the surest path to the pleasures and politics of defamiliarization. German independent filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger’s Southeast Passage: A Journey to New Blank Spots on the Map of Europe, 2002, is a three-part, six-hour-plus digital video that records aspects of a journey through sections of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Turkey. In the context of a contemporary Europe committed to some kind of union from the Atlantic to the Urals, Ottinger’s film is a reminder of regional difference as an antidote to continental hegemony. A kind of nonnarrative post-travelogue,

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