Mathias Barkhausen

Mathias Barkhausen studied media studies and German literature at the University of Bonn and Charles University in Prague, graduating in 2021 with an MA thesis on Agnès Varda’s approach to documentary and fiction filmmaking. After working for various film festivals both during and after his studies—including Berlinale and Filmfest München—he currently serves as an assistant curator at Zeughauskino, the cinematheque of Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin. His most recent curated film programmes include ‘Whether Children or None. Pregnancy Conflict in German Cinema’ and ‘Blaster. The Wayward Films of Věra Chytilová’.


Barkhausen shows Varda’s Los Angeles films as ‘two sides of the same coin’ in an insightful exploration of the poetics of fiction and documentary.


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