ID, 'details', true) ?>

“What if women ruled the world?” Yael Bartana stages the question in her performative ‘Two Minutes to Midnight’, where an all-women government of a fictitious country must take a stand on an imminent nuclear threat from a foreign nation. A panel of fictional characters and real women experts in fields such as defense, law, politics and psychology is set in a democratic ‘Peace Room’, mirroring the toxically masculine ‘War Room’ in Stanley Kubrick’s classic Cold War satire, ‘Dr. Strangelove.’  The women are tasked with deciding how to approach the pre-scripted situation. Bartana’s visionary work is the synthesis of an interdisciplinary four-year process that analyses the geopolitical power game – and presents us with an alternative to the macho power discourse.

Previous Festivals: Sheffield Doc/

Official Website

Buy Tickets
Screening Schedule:
  • Fri 02.07 | 16:30 | Cinematheque 3 | Filmmaker Present
  • Mon 05.07 | 12:45 | Cinematheque 2 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with filmmaker Yael Bartana moderated by Anat Saragusti
  • Sat 10.07 | 10:15 | Cinematheque 4
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 31st

Yael Bartana is a video artist. She has exhibited in numerous venues, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2018), the 31st São Paulo Biennial (2014),
and the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). In June 2021, a comprehensive exhibition of her work will be held at the Jewish Museum, Berlin.

Production: Yael Bartana, Naama Pyritz
Co-producer-Germany: Zsuzsanna Kiraly
Production Company: ingenue productions, my-i productions
Script: Yael Bartana, Alex Barrett, Mille Haynes, Itamar Gov
Editing: Yael Bartana, Ayelet Gil, Michal Oppenheim, Daphna Keenan
Cinematography: Uri Ackerman, Sophie Winqvist, Agnesh Pakozdi, Matan Radin, Claudia Schröder, Itai Neeman, Mick Van Rossum
Research: Phoebe Greenwood, Dr. Noa Shuval
Sound Design: Daniel Meir
Music: Vera Lynn -We'll Meet Again


Supporters & Broadcasters: Manchester International Festival, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, Volksbühne Berlin, RBB/ARTE La Lucarne