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A Thought of Ecstasy

GER, 2017, 87/90 (min)
, OmeU

  • Director: RP Kahl
  • Cast: RP Kahl, Ava Verne, Lena Morris, Deborah Kara Unger

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RP Kahl

With more than 50 onscreen acting credits, the prolific German artist and graduate of HfS-Berlin debuted as a writer/director with 1998’s “Angel Express” and won Best Director for 2005’s “Sunday Girls”. With co-producer, Torsten Neumann, he developed “99 Euro-Films”. His third feature “Bedways” topped Der Spiegel’s list of “Best Films of 2010.

California, in the year 2019. A country paralyzed by a heatwave and lost in suspicion and paranoia. Frank recognizes his own story of years ago in a recently published book. A memoir by Marie - a past love with whom he lived before she moved to America and disappeared from his life. Caught in a maelstrom of memories he cuts all ties to his civic life and hits the interstate highway towards the desert to retrace her last known journey according to the roadmap of the diary. When he meets the young stripper Nina, the sheer words of the book seem to materialize in his present reality. Or is Frank just becoming a character in a story? Then, like a haunting spirit, Marie reappears. RP Kahl sends a foreigner into the territory of seduction and the yearning for death. Set in the near future of a country, where the Big Wall erected along the southern border has become an accepted part of everyday life, as are student uprisings that are put down violently by the police. A dystopian fever-dream.


theater hof /19 16.09.17 - 21:30
cine k /Muvi 17.09.17 - 16:30