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Friday Festival Frenzy: Germany's Own at Berlinale

Henckel.jpgWith Berlinale in full swing, it seemed only fitting to direct you to an interview over at IndieWIRE with German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (pictured), the creative mind behind the Oscar nominated The Lives of Others. Pic is the first from Henckel, who wrote and shot the whole movie without knowing if anyone would ever even see it.

Set in early 1980s Germany, the movie centers around a popular stage director and his equally-famous actress lover, two creative types who buy into socialism in public, but aren't as loyal in private. When the Minister of Culture develops an interest in Christa, the actress, a secret service agent is assigned to spy on the couple.

The interview with Henckel is a quick glimpse into where such a compelling story originated and how the director's drive for perfection demanded nothing less than the best movie he could make. A student of the Munich Film Academy, Henckel's persistence in acquiring the perfect editor, composter and cast eventually paid off. Once Buena Vista Germany picked up the pic, the audience followed. Now, his film's being lauded not only by festivals (it's currently screening at Berlinale and has been at Locarno, London and Warsaw) but by The Academy as well.

If Henckel's filmmaking insights don't move you to read the quick piece, consider his take on Freud:

I am completely convinced he was right in almost everything, including his ideas about sex...The more we advance in our analysis of the human brain, the more we will find Freud's theories confirmed. Of that I am convinced. Until then, we might as well pretend to be interested by politics and art.

"The Lives of Others" is in limited release now; watch the trailer.

Posted by on February 9, 2007 12:49 PM
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