The Cinema Museum, London

The Vito Project Presents The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972)

Wed 25 Oct 2017 @ 19:00 · Events

The Bitter Tears of Petra von KantReShape and the Cinema Museum present the third season of the VITO Project, a series of free monthly screenings bringing generations of LGBTs together to provide an alternative space to mix, watch films and share ideas.

The VITO Project is delighted to present The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 lesbian drama starring Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla and Irm Hermann. This will feature a 35mm print.

Based on his own play, Fassbinder’s stylised drama is restricted to her bedroom, which is dominated by a huge reproduction of Poussin’s Midas and Bacchus. Petra Von Kant (Carstensen) is a famous fashion designer, living with Marlene (Hermann), who she dominates. She falls in love with the beautiful Karin (Schygulla) who wants to be a model.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A/discussion.

The project is endorsed by BFI Flare: London LGBT film festival, 56 Dean St, QX Magazine, Gay’s the Word, ACT UP London, Gay Mates, a Change of Scene, the Cara Trust, I-Base, UK-CAB, Positively UK, Gaydio, NAZ Project, Frank Byrne & his walkers and Broad Appeal Podcast.

Doors to the cafe/bar will open at 18.00 for a 19.00 screening. Come early to secure a seat as it can get very busy and we do not take bookings. The doors to the Cinema will be shut once capacity is reached.


This is a free event but we need your donations on the night to ensure the continuation of the VITO project. All donations go towards covering the costs associated with running the event (film licences, heating and lighting, rental of the premises, printing, promotion etc). Donations are VITO’s only source of funding and we need to raise an average of £5 per person just to cover our costs. So PLEASE DIG DEEP and give us a paper donation if you are able to.

Find out more about the VITO Project on their website.
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant