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Berlin (Antwerp)

125th Anniversary Series

January 26 – 29
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s, Studio T


Presented with SFU Woodward’s

Jan 26-27, 7pm
Jan 28, 7pm & 9pm
Jan 29 4pm, 7pm& 9pm

Post-Show Talkback Jan 27, led by Caleb Johnson
Running Time 65m

Advance $32 /$28 /$26; at door $34 /$30 /$28
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Concept Berlin: Bart Baele, Yves Degryse, Caroline Rochlitz | Photography Bart Baele, Nico Leunen | Sound Recording Tom De With | Editing Bart Baele | Soundtrack & Mixing Peter Van Laerhoven | Production Berlin | Co-Production KVS (Brussels), STUK (Leuven), Vooruit (Gent)


Bonanza is a unique cinematic portrait of a desolate mining town that once thrived with 6000 inhabitants. Their motto was: get in, get rich, get out. Today, more than 100 years later, there are seven permanent residents immersed in their own spirituality and living on a hotbed of accusations, gossip, murder and fear.

Mark doesn’t get along with Ed and Gail, and is afraid of Mary. Ed and Gail are an older couple who are feuding with everybody except Mary and Richard. Richard is the priest. Mary is known in the area as a witch, she’s currently free on bail. Darva and Shikiah are the two new ladies. They describe their occupation as ‘metaphysical coaches’ and are convinced ‘goodness’ is coming. Joan is determined to stay mayor to protect Bonanza against Ed and Gail. Bonanza is a microcosm of the world, the residents claim. Others see it as a post-modern Deadwood.

Don’t miss Berlin’s seamless and inventive portrayal of the smallest town in Colorado. This world-in-miniature is skillfully depicted using only a scale model of the town and five film screens.

“Berlin surveys the world via the city, and the city via its people.” – De Morgen

Bonanza belongs to a series of works by Berlin known as Holocene—named after our current geological period. This series of “city portraits” was started in 2003, and includes Jerusalem, Iqaluit, Bonanza and Moscow. Iqaluit is also presented as part of the 2011 Festival.


Created with the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Flanders Image, and Stad Antwerpen