Enfant Terrible directed by Oskar Roehler
Enfant Terrible directed by Oskar Roehler

The new trailer debuted today for Enfant Terrible the biopic of iconic German New Wave director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, opening in select theaters, starting on May 7th, from Dark Star Pictures. From director Oskar Roehler, and starring Oliver Masucci, Hary Prinz, Katja Riemann, and Felix Hellmann, Enfant Terrible had its world premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.

This is the story of a child of his time…of an extremely talented and dynamic filmmaker named Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who dreams of making movies about the cold-hearted, archaic Federal German society and about the longing for respect and love of the outsiders – foreigners, underprivileged groups, small convicts. His fulminant rise to being one of the most important directors in Europe correlates with his mental and physical fall and his early death.

When 22-year-old Rainer Werner Fassbinder storms the stage of the ‘Antitheater’ (Anti-Theatre) in Munich, 1967 and seizes the theatre production without further ado, nobody suspects this brazen nobody to become one of the most important post-war German filmmakers. His passionate and driven character swiftly attracts a bunch of dedicated admirers made up of actors, narcissists and suitors. As if he senses his limited life span, he almost frantically creates film after film.

While Fassbinder radically pursues his creative vision and views of society and people, he polarises professionally and privately. Despite early setbacks, many of his films breakthrough at the most renowned films festivals and are hailed and hated by audience, critics and fellow filmmakers. His anger and his longing for love as well as his self-exploitation, which he also imposes on everyone around him, have made him the most memorable and radical film director, an enfant terrible.

May 7 – LA for Laemmle NoHo (physical)
May 14 – Laemmle (virtual) includes New York
May 14 – Cleveland Cinematheque
May 14 – VIFF Film Society Vancouver
May 20 – San Diego FilmOut
May 28 – New Orleans, Zeitgeist Film Center (Physical)
June 23 – Goethe Pop Up Cinema, Seattle
and many more to be announced!
On Demand and DVD on June 15, 2021.

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