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Fassbinder - lieben ohne zu fordern

Runtime:
106 min.
Year of Production:
2015
Country:
Denmark
Director:
Cast:
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Irm Hermann
Harry Baer
Lilo Pempeit
Andrea Schober
Margit Carstensen
Production Company:
Kollektiv Film ApS
Berlinale Section:
Panorama
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was probably Germany’s most significant post-war director. His swift and
dramatic demise at the early age of 37 in 1982 left behind a vacuum in European filmmaking that
has yet to be filled, as well as a body of unique, multi-layered and multifarious work of astonishing
consistency and rigour. From 1969 onwards, Danish director and film historian Christian Braad
Thomsen maintained a close yet respectfully distanced friendship with Fassbinder. Fassbinder -
Lieben ohne zu fordern is based on his personal memories as well as a series of conversations and
interviews he held with Fassbinder and his mother Lilo in the 1970s. The film also contains current
interviews with Irm Hermann and Harry Baer, both of whom were close to Fassbinder. Beginning with
Fassbinder’s extraordinary childhood in traumatised post-war Germany, the film, which is divided
into seven chapters, provides an illuminating, intimate and moving tribute that bears witness to the
enduring relevance of both the man and his work. Today in particular his oeuvre continues to provoke
us to engage with controversy and tension – be it aesthetical, creative or critical.

BIOGRAFIE Christian Braad Thomsen

Born in 1940, he made his debut at the Venice Film Festival in 1972 with DEAR IRENE. Alongside feature films he has also directed documentaries about Karen Blixen, amongst others, and has written numerous books about film history greats such as Hitchcock, Pasolini and Godard. In 1984 his LADIES ON THE ROCK received a special screening in the Berlinale Competition. His film THE BLUE  MONK won the Carl Th. Dreyer Prize in Copenhagen in 1999.

FILMOGRAFIE Christian Braad Thomsen (selection)

2015 Fassbinder - lieben ohne zu fordern  2011 Blues for Montmartre  2006 The Voice of Iran - Mohammed Reza Shajarian  1999 Morten Korch - You Are My Sunshine  1976 Wellspring of my World  1972 Dusan Makavejev  1972 The Squattor Trilogy  1971 Dear Irene 

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