His first film, lives of others , was given to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck an international recognition and oscar for the best foreign film in 2007. After a detour to hollywood unhappy with The Tourist , the filmmaker finds a great breath of fiction back in his country. His new film, The work without author travelled to the Germany of the 1930’s to the 1960’s with a young painter who seeks his way.
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Born in Dresden in 1932, Kurt, grew up under nazism. Child, he sees his young aunt Elizabeth, artist and nonconformist, interned in a psychiatric hospital, where she disappears forever. Teen after-war, the GDR communist, Kurt (Tom Schilling) is studying the art according to the canons of socialist realism, and falls in love with Ellie (Paula Beer), the daughter of the professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch). This obstetrician nazi who practiced the program of eugenics by sterilizing women became a notable communist. Kurt and Ellie decide to go to the west, just before the erection of the Berlin wall, in 1961. In Düsseldorf, Kurt discovers a completely different design of the item little by Little, her life takes form, freed from the double oppression of nazism and communism.
With The work without the author, Donnersmarck successful betting has a subtle balancing a melodrama general public with a very thought-provoking personal on art and history. This movie river, which has a format series, with its 3h hard-packed, is a beautiful love story is eventful, full of twists, turns, drama, eroticism lively, lyrical serious. The lovely Paula Beer, as revealed by Frantz of François Ozon, form with Tom Schilling a couple of charm bright. Sebastian Koch made them a shade sinister. There are secrets dangerous to reveal…
The adventures of this trio of fiction are fed at depth by the quest introspective Kurt, who poses the questions of art, the freedom of creation in the face of political power, of consciousness and of spiritual resistance. Considering the last film of Andrzej Wajda’s blue Flowers , especially as the character of Kurt is inspired by a painter’s real, Gherard Richter.
What about requiring registered on a vision of the original time: Donnersmarck brings out the similarities between the two totalitarian regimes, nazi and soviet, through the themes crisscross of eugenics scientific and regimentation of art. Two ways to infringe on the freedom of the individual which have resonances today. The work without auteu r which was featured last year in the competition of the Venice international film Festival will be one of the outputs the most attractive of the summer on July 17.