Filmfest 2012

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"DESPAIR is perhaps the most explicit elaboration of one of Fassbinder's recurring themes: the alienation of someone who not only "stands outside himself," as Hermann puts it, but also wants to escape himself and indeed flee the trap of identity altogether . . . Fassbinder sees Hermann's condition less as a malady than a way out of a diseased social order. He expands on the ideas of liberation and anarchy in an essay he wrote on DESPAIR, which, down to its very title, doubles as a manifesto for all his work: It's called "Of Despair, and the Courage to Recognize a Utopia and to Open Yourself Up to It." Dennis Lim, Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2011

tags: Feature film

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Andrea Ferréol, Volker Spengler, Klaus Löwitsch, Alexander Allerson, Isolde Barth, Ingrid Caven


Screenplay: Tom Stoppard, Original von / by: Vladimir Nabokov

Director of Photography: Michael Ballhaus

Film Editor: Juliane Lorenz, Franz Walsch, Reginald Beck

Composer: Peer Raben

Production Designer: Rolf Zehetbauer

Costume Design: Dagmar Schauberger

Sound: Milan Bor

Producer: Peter Märthesheimer

Production Company: NF Geria Filmgesellschaft GmbH

World Sales: Bavaria Film International GmbH

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder