Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands
DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN BRAAD THOMSEN
CAST: RAINER WERNER FASSBINDER, IRM HERMANN, HARRY BAER, LILO PEMPEIT, ANDREA SCHOBER, HANNA SCHYGULLA
PRODUCER - CHRISTIAN BRAAD THOMSEN
EDITING - GRETE MøLDRUP
In only sixteen years, Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed forty-four movies— the most impressive single artistic output in cinema. That they were almost all provocative, worthy, and aesthetically daring films makes him all the more astonishing a cinematic figure. In this new documentary, Christian Braad Thomsen, a writer and filmmaker who knew Fassbinder well and followed his career from its controversial beginnings, delves into the life and work of this singular bad-boy artist, starting with incredible footage of Fassbinder winning the grand prize at the 1969 Berlin Film Festival for his debut feature Love Is Colder Than Death—amidst boos and catcalls. Thomsen tells the Fassbinder story via footage from press conferences, rare TV interviews, and conversations with key collaborators, and offers probing analyses of his films, which were always informed by the tumultuous events of his life.