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Peter von Kant

90 min.
Year of Production:
Isabelle Adjani
Denis Ménochet
Hanna Schygulla
Production Company:
Foz, Playtime production, France 2 Cinema, Playtime, Scope Pictures
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Peter von Kant is a successful film director. He lives with his assistant Karl, whom he likes to mistreat and humiliate. Sidonie is the great actor who was his muse for many years. She introduces him to Amir, a handsome young man of modest means. Peter falls in love with Amir on the spot and offers to share his apartment with him and help him break into the film industry. The plan works, but as soon as he acquires fame, Amir breaks up with Peter, leaving him alone to face his demons.

Loosely adapted from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Ozon’s cheeky take is an aesthete’s delight and a feast of satirical humour. An impressive, committed cast embraces wholeheartedly the French auteur’s ruthless commentary on celebrity and its shortcomings. All the performances are a delight: from Denis Menochet’s physical tour-de-force as the tortured artist and a fearless Isabelle Adjani willingly riffing on her own film-star image to the reticent but astonishingly expressive Stefan Crepon as the heartbroken assistant, young breakthrough talent Khalil Gharbia as the cruel Amir and, of course, the eternal Hanna Schygulla, in a moving appearance that nods reverently and sincerely to the source material. 


BIOGRAFIE François Ozon

Born in Paris, France in 1967, this director and screenwriter studied at La Fémis film school and is now one of the most renowned filmmakers in his country. His work has already screened in the Berlinale Competition four times, with the ensemble cast of one of his most successful films, the comedy 8 femmes , winning the Silver Bear in 2002. In 2012 he was a member of the International Jury. He has made four films with Charlotte Rampling who this year is being presented with the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement; Sous le Sable and Swimming Pool are both screening in the Homage .

FILMOGRAFIE François Ozon (selection)

2021 Peter von Kant  2017 Der andere Liebhaber  2013 Young and Beautiful  2009 Rückkehr ans Meer  2009 Ricky  2007 Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner  2007 Angel  2005 Die Zeit die bleibt  2003 Swimming Pool  2002 8 Frauen  2000 Unter dem Sand  1999 Ein kriminelles Paar  1999 Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brulantes 


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