Apocalyptic Cinema 2024

Summer 2024

Expert talk or panel discussion with each film


Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, Heidelberg
If rain is announced, the events will take place at the same time in the Karlstorkino (Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 3, Heidelberg). Please inform yourself here on 21.6., 12.7. and 19.7.

Fridays 9.30 pm 
Entry 9.00 pm
Free entry. Limited admission.  

Every summer, CAPAS, together with the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science and Karlstorkino, invites you to the open-air edition of the Apocalyptic Cinema with films about (post-)apocalypses that are experienced on an individual, collective or global level. Admission is free - enjoy a film evening in the middle of the Neuenheimer Feld campus. Each film will be accompanied by a short academic commentary or a panel discussion by people with thematic expertise on the film. There will be an opportunity to ask questions from the audience. 

A special highlight is the collaboration with the 73. IFFMH - International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg, which will present ROTER HIMMEL on 12 July. You will also be surprised how scientists classify the end-time scenarios in the films DIE WAND on 21 June and TIDES on 19 July. 

Furthermore, thematic films on climate justice in connection with nuclear colonization in the Pacific will be shown this summer at the Karlstorkino on 24 and 28 June.

On 10 July, CAPAS will celebrate the premiere of the in-house documentary film IMAGINING END TIMES, which depicts Mexican apocalypses through time. It is part of the transdisciplinary joint exhibition ‘Imaginar El Fin de Los Tiempos’. 


21.6. THE WALL (DIE WAND, 2012) by Julian Pölsler,  German OV with English subtitles

Academic commentary in German with Elisabeth Kargl (Cultural Studies, German Studies, Nantes Université). 

12.7. AFIRE (ROTER HIMMEL, 2023) by Christian Petzold, German OV with English subtitles

Academic commentary in German with Sascha Keilholz (Artistic and Managing Director IFFMH). In cooperation with 73. IFFMH - International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg

19.7. TIDES (2021) by Tim Fehlbaum, English OV with German subtitles

Academic commentary in English with Adam Stock (CAPAS fellow 2024, English Literature, York St John University).

Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 3, Heidelberg 

24.6. | 4 pm ON THE MORNING YOU WAKE (TO THE END OF THE WORLD) (2022) by Mike Brett, Arnauch Colnairt, Steve Jameson, English OV with German subtitles

Panel discussion and book launch of THE OCEAN ON FIRE (2024) with author and CAPAS fellow Anaïs Maurer (French and Comparative Literature, Rutgers University). Discussion with Mililani Ganivet (Media and American Studies, University of East Anglia), Rebecca Hogue (Environmental Humanities, Harvard University), Jessica Hurley (English, Native American and Indigenous Studies, George Mason University) and Teresa Shewry (English, Literature, UC Santa Barbara), Moderation Aanchal Saraf (American Studies, Dartmouth College). The discussion will be held in English.

28.6. | 7 pm PACIFICTION (2022) by Albert Serra, French OV with English subtitles

Panel discussion with Estelle Castro-Koshy (OSPAPIK Ocean and Space Pollution, Artistic Practices and Indigenous Knowledges, Université de Bretagne Occidentale), Temiti Lehartel (Centre for Urban and Social Global Studies, RMIT, Melbourne and Anglophone Pacific Literature, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier III) and Sascha Keilholz (Artistic and Commercial Director IFFMH). The discussion will be held in English. In cooperation with 73. IFFMH - International Film Festival Mannheim Heidelberg 

10.7. | 7 pm IMAGINING END TIMES (2024) by CAPAS and Onkel Lina, Spanish/English OV with subtitles 

Premiere of the CAPAS in-house documentary. Panel discussion with Robert Folger (CAPAS director, Romance Literature), Adolfo Mantilla Osornio (Anthropology, Academy of Arts Mexico, Curator of the Exhibition ‘Imaginar El Fin de Los Tiempos’), artist Federico Cuatlacuatl and Laura Rabelo Erber (IIAS Universiteit Leiden). The discussion will be held in English.