Starring: Sven Horst
Production: Trotzdemfilm, Little Magnet Films, Nanookfilm
The film is based on the eponymous 1960 novel by author Peter Weiss. In this autobiographical text, the author describes the years of his childhood and youth in Germany in the 20s and 30s as well as the flight of his half-Jewish family from persecution by the Nazis. This odyssey also portrays the young first-person narrator’s struggle for his artistic existence, as he was striving to establish himself as a painter and writer. In a free, sensual essay between fiction and document, realistic description and stylised invention, the film attempts to kindle today’s flame based on the past’s, and to create a new and vibrant third work from it.
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Born in 1968 in Linz, Astrid Johanna Ofner studied philosophy at Sorbonne Nouvelle III, then film directing and photography at the Vienna Film Academy. She also completed film directing studies at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). She worked as an actress at Schaubuhne Berlin and had the title role in Antigone (1991) by Jean-Marie Straub and Daniele Huillet. She directed the short films SAVANNAH BAY (1989), INS LEERE (1993), JETZT UND ALLE ZEIT (1993) and SAG ES MIR DIENSTAG (2007).