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89 min.
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Luise Heyer
Hanno Koffler
Katy Karrenbauer
Andreas Marquardt
Ilse Amberger Bendin
Marion Erdmann
Rüdiger Götze
Production Company:
Rosa von Praunheim Film
Berlinale Section:
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 Latvia in 1942, he studied painting at the Offenbach University of Art and Design and the Berlin University of the Arts. He made his first short film in 1967 and was assistant director to Gregory J Markopoulos the same year. He ranks among the most prolific gay filmmakers; for his 70th birthday he surprised his fans with 70 new short films with a total running time of over 700 minutes.

FILMOGRAFIE Rosa von Praunheim (selection)

2015 Härte  2013 Mario Wirz  2011 Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter  2011 Die Jungs vom Bahnhof Zoo  2011 König des Comics  2010 New York Memories  2007 Tote Schwule – lebende Lesben  2004 Umsonst gelebt - Walter Schwarze  2004 Männer Helden und schwule Nazis  1990 Positiv  1989 Schweigen = Tod 

Interview with Hanno Koffler about Härte

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