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Härte

Runtime:
89 min.
Year of Production:
2015
Country:
Deutschland
Director:
Cast:
Luise Heyer
Hanno Koffler
Katy Karrenbauer
Andreas Marquardt
Ilse Amberger Bendin
Marion Erdmann
Rüdiger Götze
Production Company:
Rosa von Praunheim Film
Berlinale Section:
Panorama
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

When karate champ Andreas Marquardt thinks about himself he feels nothing but bitterness: ‘I refused to feel anything. I was cold, like a block of ice, I couldn’t give a shit about anything.’ When he was two years old, his father poured water over him and put him outside on the balcony in subzero temperatures. Another time he crushed his hand. When he was six, his mother began to seduce him: ‘Your prick belongs to me, my little friend.’ Later, Andreas became a pimp and earned millions – until he wound up behind bars. Lovely Marion was the only one who stood by him, who went on the game for him, and gave him the courage to go on … Interspersing interviews with dramatized scenes from Andreas Marquardt’s biography, Rosa von Praunheim describes a life that veers from fear and humiliation to contempt, hatred and brutality. Filmed in stylised sets replete with photographic wallpaper that recall West Berlin décor at the time, the film provides a shocking insight into the deep wounds caused by domestic violence and one man’s desperate attempts at resistance. Is it possible to break out of such a vicious circle? And how does Andreas Marquardt cope with these experiences today?

BIOGRAFIE Rosa von Praunheim

Born in Riga, in 1942. He studied at the University of Art and Design Offenbach am Main and at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 1967, von Praunheim directed his first short films. He made his cinema breakthrough in 1971 with the documentary Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt.

FILMOGRAFIE Rosa von Praunheim (selection)

2015 Härte  2013 Mario Wirz  2011 Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo  2011 König des Comics  2011 Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter  2010 New York Memories  2007 Tote Schwule – lebende Lesben  2004 Männer Helden und schwule Nazis  2004 Umsonst gelebt - Walter Schwarze  1990 Positiv  1989 Schweigen = Tod  1971 Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt 

Rosa von Praunheim @IMDb
Interview with Hanno Koffler about Härte
Trailer

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