Chris Kraus shooting Die Blumen von gestern
by Birgit Heidsiek
- The acclaimed German director is shooting a radical comedy about a misanthrope in trouble
Principal photography for Die Blumen von gestern by renowned German writer-director-producer Chris Kraus (Shattered Glass [+see also:
film profile], Four Minutes [+see also:
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interview: Chris Kraus
film profile]) has started in Berlin. In this turbulent romantic comedy, a German Holocaust historian (Lars Eidinger) and descendant of a famous Nazi criminal is deeply troubled because of his origins, his career and his general misanthropy. In the midst of his existential and marital crisis, he meets a French research assistant (Adèle Haenel) whose grandmother was killed in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Her unconventional attitude and openness are quite irritating to him, but when he gets closer to her, his whole life is turned upside down.
Kraus considers Die Blumen von gestern his most personal film so far. The script had already been awarded the acclaimed Thomas Strittmatter Prize. The visual concept has been created by German DoP Sonja Rom, and the shoot is taking place in Berlin, Stuttgart, Vienna, Riga and New York. Other cast members include Hannah Herzsprung (Four Minutes) and Jan Josef Liefers (The Baader Meinhof Complex [+see also:
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interview: Bill Skarsgård
Produced by Kraus’ and Kathrin Lemme’s Berlin-based production outfit Four Minutes, as well as by Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker and Gerd Huber, of Dor Film, the project received production support from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Federal Film Board, the German Federal Film Fund, the Austrian Film Institute, the Filmfonds Wien, FISA – Filmstandort Austria and Eurimages.