THE BIG HOUSE (FTVM 401, Fall 2016) Makes World Premiere in Berlin
The Big House (Directors Kazuhiro Soda, Markus Nornes, Terri Sarris, and Filmmakers of the University of Michigan) premiered at the Berlin Critics' Week 2018 on February 16, 2018.
This direct cinema documentary eschews gridiron grandeur to look closely instead at the incredible labors — from the cooks to the cops to the cleaners — that go into hosting 100,000 people. Shot against the backdrop of the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump, The Big House presents a microcosm of the Americana that surrounds every game day.
Film Criticism as Agenda: the Berlin Critics’ Week selects international films intended to promote and create stimulating discussions. The Big House was paired with 8th October 2016, a film that documents the shutdown of Hungary's leftist newspaper Népszabadság. The debate that followed (with a selection of the directors of both films in attendance) questioned, "How can documentaries open up and democratize the political?"
Professor Markus Nornes, Filmmaker and Visiting Professor Kazuhiro Soda, and FTVM Alum Rachael Kerr ('17) attended the festival.
View the post-film discussion with Kazuhiro Soda below.
What Critics are Saying about the Film
"The Big House is a materialist film in the best sense - a film that always prefers the
-Till Kadritzke, The Big House – Kritik
“My first impression, which wasn’t completely conscious, it is a subtle and very, very
- Mathilde Bonnefoy (film editor Citizenfour, Run Lola Run)
- Christopher Small, Woche der Kritik, Blog #3/18 - Open for Business