»As a teenager in Copenhagen, I had the good fortune to be almost bombarded by the Danish critic Christian Braad Thomsen with Fassbinder at a very early age. Braad Thomsen's admiration for the German director was boundless - and highly infectious,« recalls festival director Albert Wiederspiel. »At the age of 13, I discovered Die bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant – I was awestruck! How happy I am to be able to open FILMFEST HAMBURG with Enfant Terrible in this exceptional year! The combination of Oskar Roehler and Rainer Werner Fassbinder promises to be explosive - and a cinematic explosion is what we need right now.«
Together with screenwriter Klaus Richter, Oskar Roehler traces episodically the life of the still polarizing artist, played by Oliver Masucci. He portrays him as a workaholic exceptional director in the circle of an illustrious crowd of actresses, self-promoters and lovers, and as an uncompromising, self-exploiting person always searching for love.
Like no other, Rainer Werner Fassbinder stands for the »New German Film«, a movement that turned against the lulling, commercial cinema of the post-war period. Fassbinder's films were radical and challenging for the audience, often disturbing, with their own visual language and staged artificiality. From 1969 until his untimely death in 1982, Fassbinder made forty films, including Faustrecht der Freiheit, Fontane Effi Briest, Die Ehe der Maria Braun, Lola, Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss - awarded the Golden Bear in Berlin in 1982 - and the 1974 Cannes Competition entry Angst essen Seele auf, which marked his international breakthrough.
For Oskar Roehler, Fassbinder is »a comet in the night-black Berlin sky, a flashy neon ad fluttering in the wind, a monolith that invented bright colors to set itself in scene, but which was actually made of the cold, gray primary rock of post-war German society.« In Enfant Terrible, Oskar Roehler approaches this shrill yet destructive Fassbinder universe. The film received an official invitation to this year's film festival in Cannes, which was cancelled due to the Corona pandemic. Enfant Terrible would have been the only German contribution.
Director Oskar Roehler and the actors are expected to attend the premiere in Hamburg. Enfant Terrible was produced by Bavaria Filmproduktion in co-production with X Filme Creative Pool, WDR, BR and ARTE and was supported by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Weltkino will bring the film to the big screen nationwide on 1st October 2020.
FILMFEST HAMBURG will take place from 24 September to 3 October 2020 as a compact festival edition with around 70 films. Festival cinemas are the Abaton, CinemaxX Dammtor, Metropolis, Passage and Studio-Kino. Due to the limited space in the cinemas, streaming tickets will be offered for some productions.