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REVERSE SHOT - REBELLION OF THE FILMMAKERS

Germany, 2008 (MIFF 2008, Documentaries)

Director: Dominik Wessely, Laurens Straub

REVERSE SHOT - REBELLION OF THE FILMMAKERS

“With their liveliness, [the filmmakers] hide nothing from the camera - they talk over one another, they speak their mind… They say what they really think and that's what makes the film so lively.” - Berlin Film Festival

Butting heads against the hegemony of an older and more conservative generation, 13 architects of new German cinema - names like Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog - formed a production and distribution collective in 1971 known as Filmverlag der Autoren to expose their cinematic zeitgeist to a greater audience. While its fire burned brightly, this unusual group of auteurs ultimately crumbled under its own weight, disintegrating in 1977.

Presenting interviews, film excerpts and rare archival footage, Reverse Shot is about something more than filmmaking: it's about friendship, success, jealousy, destruction and death.


D Dominik Wessely, Laurens Straub P Rainer Koelmel S Rainer Koelmel, Laurens Straub, Dominik Wessely WS Kinowelt L German w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008/121mins

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