Barely out of childhood, Karl Roßmann crosses the ocean in the belly of a steamship. Cast out of Europe, the destination of this deportation is America. He enters a world completely new to him, which is either coming to an end or just emerging anew.
Here these »forgotten« persons encounter existences, washed ashore from countries around the world, who search for space, a function, even a fiction, their »enaction« in a way that is just as compulsive as it is merciless. Karl moves and is moved, tries »to pass«, stumbles, and always does his best to finally find »happiness« as a nameless person.
Sebastian Baumgarten reassembles Kafka’s fragmentary novel at the Gorki in fragments of text, sounds and images.
As an attempt to track, through the mechanisms of powerlessness, helplessness, injustice, irony and hope, a modern type of human, whose biggest difficulty, so it seems, is to say »no« in the midst of compact logics of exploitation.
(Program in German, On some dates With English surtitles)
By Franz Kafka