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The Ister

The Ister

The Ister

2004 / 189min / Digital

DIRECTOR: DAVID BARISON & DANIEL ROSS

A world-historical genius and, shamefully, an early enthusiast of ascendant Nazism, Martin Heidegger in war-torn 1942 was giving a series of lectures on Friedrich Holderlein’s poem The Ister, the ancient Greek name for Holderlein’s subject, the Danube River. Some sixty years later, Barison and Ross return to the source of Heidegger’s conjectures and Holderlein’s lyricism, the Danube, cruising Romania, former Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Germany. Images of Europe entering a new millennium accompany insights of thinkers including philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and filmmaker Hans-Jürgen Syberberg confronting the unquiet ghost of Heidegger, putting his ideas on politics and aesthetics into conversation with a world as simultaneously altered and unchanging as the river itself.

Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.