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LENZ

Germany / Switzerland, 2006 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Thomas Imbach

LENZ

With a sweeping grandeur and the elemental passion and curiosity we've come to associate with Werner Herzog, director Thomas Imbach's Lenz creates an unconventional portrait of a tortured visionary caught between euphoria and desperation.
Lenz is also a playfully ironic version of the Georg Büchner novella, just as it originally was loosely based on the life of the eponymous mad German poet.
We meet Lenz, a filmmaker, as he arrives at a Swiss alpine resort, where he hopes to see his nine-year-old son again. With his son's help, he arranges a meeting with ex-wife Natalie whom he still loves. A little idyll blossoms in the rediscovered closeness to his son and rekindled love for Natalie but the illusion of happy family life is short-lived, soon overshadowed by Lenz's behaviour, which grows ever stranger.
Film and intimate video, staging and improvisation, actors and amateurs, tender love story, slapstick comedy and grand narrative - Imbach blends seeming opposites into an organic whole. An unconventional, stormy portrait of a man whose life motto echoes the Romantic poets: genius writes its own rules.

D/P/S Thomas Imbach P Karl Baumgartner, Madeleine Hirsiger
WS Swiss Films L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2006/95mins

Thomas Imbach was born in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1962. His films include Well Done (1994) and Happiness is a Warm Gun (2001).

See also...

DAY IS DONE

Switzerland, 2011
For fifteen years filmmaker Thomas Imbach has filmed the world that lies outside his Zurich window. ... As the landscape changes, so does his life: his father dies, a baby is born and hundreds of mes… More »

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