In 1972, Paul Schrader, who was a film critic at the time, published one of the most beautiful film books to date: “Transcendental Style in Film”. Referring to the works of Yasujiro Ozu, Robert Bresson and Carl Theodor Dreyer, he examines cinema’s ability to capture what is invisible to the eye: the transcendental. On 23 May, a new edition of this classic will be published in the United States. In the revised preface, Schrader rethinks and modernises his reflections on Slow Cinema, and includes the works of contemporary directors such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan or Béla Tarr. The book is the starting point for his lecture “Rethinking Transcendental Style”. Schrader will – in his usual dynamic and absorbing way – explain why he wrote the book 45 years ago and how his thinking has changed since. A journey into the heart of cinema, moderated in English by the media scholar Johannes Binotto.


Bildrausch presents the lecture in cooperation with balimage Balimage – Verein für Film und Medienkunst.