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"The Times, the Police, the Terror"

Homage to Reinhard Hauff

Reinhard Hauff and Prof. Wolfgang Längsfeld at the second Munich festival 1984

 

Reinhard Hauff is one of the leading directors of the 1970s German New Wave, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders. Also known as the New German Cinema, this movement was centered in Munich and took it on itself to challenge and subvert "Grandpa's cinema". FILMEST MÜNCHEN will present an homage of 11 of his most important films.

 

Hauff was at the epicenter of heady times: He acted for Volker Schlöndorff, shot films with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, adapted novels by Peter Schneider, founded the important production shingle Bioskop Film together with Schlöndorff and Eberhard Junkersdorf, adapting the issues and themes that moved the 1970s Student Movement for the big screen. He was also the brother of the founder of the Munich festival, Eberhard Hauff.

"Hauff was a seismograph of his times and practiced a radical solidarity with people at the margins of society," says festival head Diana Iljine. "It's especially intriguing to see how our perspectives were changing back then, and how our perspective on those days have changed. That's what this homage wants to show."

Born in Marburg in 1939, the attorney's son came to Munich to study German literature, but he soon dropped out to work for the nascent TV industry in the 1960s, shooting classical entertainment formats at Bavaria Studios in the 1960s. The top German TV director of the day was Michael Pfleghar, who also worked in the USA with Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Pfleghar took Hauff under his wing and became his mentor, calling him the "next big thing" in German TV.

Hauff wanted to make movies, however. He started shooting social documentaries for TV, developing fictional screenplays with writers like Martin Sperr, Burkhard Driest and Peter Schneider, and finally became one of the major auteurist filmmakers in Germany.   

The German New Wave challenged the conventions of 1950s postwar German cinema and society. In anti-Heimat film MATHIAS KNEISSL (1971), a fugitive bandit turns a crusty 19th Century Bavarian village upside down. PAULE PAULÄNDER (1975) and THE MAIN ACTOR (1977) deal with sons rebelling against their fathers. KNIFE IN THE HEAD (1978) features a young Bruno Ganz in a personal crisis, just like rock star Marius Müller-Westernhagen in East German Wall drama THE MAN ON THE WALL (1982). While Ganz suffers from amnesia after being shot in the head, Müller-Westernhagen can't decide between East and West Germany.

Most well-known and controversial was Hauff's courtroom drama STAMMHEIM - THE BAADER MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL (1986), in which he tells the story of the Red Army Faction based on the courtroom reports filed by Spiegel journalist Stefan Aust. The film won the Golden Bear at Berlin 1986. "It was a time we were totally preoccupied by these issues. You simply had to react to what was going on, to the times, the police, the terror," said Hauff. "You couldn't help it if you were the slightest bit aware of what was going on."

Hauff returned to his entertainment roots with his late musical LINE 1 (1987), a social drama tuner in the Threepenny Opera mode: The riff-raff of Berlin congregates in the subway, introducing naive bumpkin Sunnie to tough big-city life.

Beginning in the 1990s, Reinhard Hauff started passing his filmmaking wisdom on to the next generation as head of Berlin film school DFFB from 1993 to 2005.

You can find the complete programm of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN online as of June 9, 2017. Tickets go online on June 12. The KINDERFILMFEST program is already online.

 



Following films by Reinhard Hauff will be shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2017:

MATHIAS KNEISSL
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1971, 91 Min.
Starring Hans Brenner, Ruth Drexel, Hannah Schygulla, Eva Mattes, Gustl Bayrhammer, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff

DIE VERROHUNG DES FRANZ BLUM
(THE BRUTALISATION OF FRANZ BLUM)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1973, 104 Min.
Starring Jürgen Prochnow, Burkhard Driest

ZÜNDSCHNÜRE
(FUSES)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1974, 102 Min.

PAULE PAULÄNDER
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1975, 95 Min.

DER HAUPTDARSTELLER
(THE MAIN ACTOR)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1977, 91 Min.
Starring Mario Adorf, Hans Brenner, Vadim Glowna, Rolf Zacher, Doris Dörrie, Eberhard Hauff

MESSER IM KOPF
(KNIFE IN THE HEAD)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1978, 109 Min.
Starring Bruno Ganz, Angela Winkler, Hans Brenner

DER MANN AUF DER MAUER
(THE MAN ON THE WALL)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1982, 100 Min.
Starring Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Richy Müller

10 TAGE IN CALCUTTA
(TEN DAYS IN CALCUTTA: A PORTRAIT OF MRINAL SEN)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1984, 82 Min.

STAMMHEIM – BAADER-MEINHOF VOR GERICHT
(STAMMHEIM - THE BAADER MEINHOF GANG ON TRIAL)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1986, 107 Min.
Starring Ulrich Tukur

LINIE 1
(LINE 1)
by Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1987, 96 Min.

BLAUÄUGIG
(BLUE-EYED)
By Reinhard Hauff
Germany 1989, 88 Min.