On the Basis of Sex (OV with subtitles)
Film screening (with subtitles) / Venue: HFF Munich, Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1, Munich / Free admission / Registration is mandatory
University of Television and Film Munich (HFF)
She is one of three current female Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States and by now famous as an icon of the women’s rights movement. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85 years old, is now being honored with a big screen adaption of her career’s early years.
It is the United States of America in the 50s. Women are neither allowed to work as police officers nor to be enrolled at Princeton University. Ruther Bader Ginsburg wants to change this world. She is one of the few women who study law at the elite Harvard University. After her graduation as first in her class, she has to content herself with a post as a professor, although she would rather conquer the courtrooms – a privilege exclusively reserved for her male colleagues.
One day, thanks to her husband and tax attorney, she discovers the case of Charles Moritz. Despite his devoted care for his sick mother, Moritz is not granted the standard tax deduction – because of his gender. Ruth senses a precedent that could reduce a decade-long legal standstill to absurdity. With strong determination and legal acumen, Ruth ultimately goes to trial to fight a passionate battle against the discrimination of women (and men).
Under the direction of Mimi Leder (Deep Impact, Pay It Forward) the Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones (Rouge One: A Star Wars Story, The Theory of Everything) portrays Ginsburg’s unmistakable determination. Alongside her, Armie Hammer, (Call Me by Your Name, The Social Network) as Ruth’s husband and tower of strength, Oscar winner Kathy Bates (Disjointed, The Boss, Titanic), Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Girl on the Train) and Sam Waterston (Godless, Miss Sloane) put on a brilliant performance. The script was written by Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman.
Cinema release: March 7, 2019; eOne Germany film distribution
Greeting: Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm, Bavarian American Academy (BAA)
Welcoming address: Prof. Dr. Michaela Kezele, women’s representative of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF)
Introduction: Tim Moeck (HFF)
Organizer: Bavarian American Academy in cooperation with eOne Germany and HFF Munich
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