Derek Jarman • United Kingdom • 1993
A modern, theatrical retelling of Wittgenstein.
Born in 1889 to a family of privilege, Ludwig Wittgenstein was a prodigy. He was educated in Vienna and Manchester before settling into a career as a philosopher at Cambridge, where he taught alongside Bertrand Russell and John Maynard Keynes. Wittgenstein is considered one of the greatest philosophers of his time, focusing on the association between philosophy and logic, mathematics, and language. However, he spent his entire life trying to distance himself from his privileged upbringing and education, all while coming to terms with his suppressed homosexuality.
Uniquely capturing the life of the legendary Viennese philosopher, Wittgenstein premiered at Toronto, Vancouver, QueerLisboa, and Berlin, where it won the Teddy Award.