A THOUGHT OF ECSTASY
August 2019. Frank recognizes his own story of twenty years ago in a recently published book. He remembers Marie, with whom he had a relationship before she moved to the United States and disappeared from his life. Frank sets out in search of her and finds himself in a USA petrified by a heat wave and lost in suspicion and political paranoia. He heads into the desert in pursuit of Marie. Inspired by George Bataille and Jean Baudrillard, director RP Kahl sends a European on a Southwest US desert acid trip, in a blindingly bright world of seduction and thanatos. As much as desire can create a new reality, hallucination can alter the world. And there's a fine line between kissing and cannibalism, on this hottest day ever, August 13, 2019.
PLEASE NOTE: The first and second screening will be in the English original with German subtitles. EXCEPTION: The third screening will be in German with English subtitles.
Cast: RP Kahl, Deborah Kara Unger, Ava Verne, Lena Morris, Buddy Giovinazzo
Screenplay: RP Kahl, Torsten Neumann
Director of Photography: Markus Hirner
Film Editor: Angelo Wemmje, Diana Zolotarova, Peter Loewe
Composer: Szary, Gajek
Costume Design: Kahtrine Hempel
Sound: Peter Memmer
Producer: RP Kahl, Torsten Neumann
Co-Producer: Daniel Schössler, Deborah Kara Unger
Production Company: Studio RPK
Co-Production Company: Independent Partners Film
Director: RP Kahl
Editor: Daniel Schössler
TV channel: ZDF/3sat
RP Kahl was born in Cottbus in 1970. He studied drama at East Berlin's acting academy "Ernst Busch" and began acting professionally in 1990. He produced SILVESTER COUNTDOWN von Oskar Roehler (FILMFEST MÜNCHEN German Cinema New Talent Award 1997). Kahl shot his directing debut ANGEL EXPRESS (FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 1998) Luggi Waldleitner's Roxy Film and develped the project it 99EURO FILMS with Torsten Neumann. His doc SUNDAY GIRLS with Laura Tonke, Katharina Schüttler, Inga Birkenfeld and Nicolette Krebitz screened at Munich 2005. Kahl has shot music videos, directed for the stage, performances and video art. He lectures at various unversities and academies.