First International Trailer for R. W. Fassbinder Biopic 'Enfant Terrible'
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2020
"Everything is film. Everything." Screen Daily has debuted the first official trailer for Enfant Terrible, a brand new German biopic film about the iconic/infamous German New Wave filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder (whose birthday was just a few days ago). Filmed in Cologne and Munich over the summer of 2019, the film was supposed to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, but after the pandemic changed the plans, the distributor reset the film for release in cinemas in Germany this October. Oliver Masucci stars as Fassbinder, with a full ensemble cast featuring Katja Riemann, Erdal Yildiz as the director’s violent actor lover El Hedi ben Salem, Eva Mattes as actress Brigitte Mira, Antoine Monot Jr. as producer and actor Peter Berling, Götz Otto as Oscar-winning US actor Jack Palance, and Alexander Scheer as Andy Warhol. The film is said to be about his entire life, with a focus on making films in the 70s. First look below.
Here's the first international trailer (+ poster) for Oskar Roehler's Enfant Terrible, direct from YouTube:
The life and the impact of iconic German New Wave director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Fassbinder had a strong connection with the Cannes Film Festival after his drama Ali: Fear Eats The Soul, starring Mira and Salem, premiered in Competition in 1974 to critical acclaim, catapulting him onto the world stage. Enfant Terrible touches on Fassbinder's relationship with the film festival, which also premiered his 1978 drama Despair to a less rapturous reception. Enfant Terrible is directed by veteran German filmmaker Oskar Roehler, director of many films including Gentleman, Silvester Countdown, No Place to Go, Suck My Dick, Beloved Sister, Angst, Agnes and His Brothers, The Elementary Particles, Lulu and Jimi, Source of Life, Punk Berlin 1982, and Subs previously. The screenplay is written by Klaus Richter, from a story by Oskar Roehler and Klaus Richter. The film is currently scheduled to open in Germany starting in October later this year. No other international release dates are set yet. First impression? Who's interested in this?
He was definitely someone interesting. And he made quite unusual films... However, I'm not sure about this biopic. Not that it looks bad, it's just I'm not sure if it goes only for the juicy parts ...
shiboleth on Jun 3, 2020
Yea, it depends on if the thing is even good or not. I got turned on to Fassbinder in the mid '70's and like several of his films, but man he was a very sick and disturbed man. I friend of mine went to Germany to work on one of his films and said it was so scary and so dysfunctional. Heavy drugs, heavy sex, heavy homosexual sex, more and more drugs of all kinds. Terrible treatment of people. It was just a mess he said. I liked this trailer when I didn't think I would because it looks like they are not trying to 'sugar coat' Fassbinder's awful behavior. Of course, as it most always does, his life style caught up with him and killed him at a young age. Still, he was an interesting filmmaker and I'm still a fan of his film, Chinese Roulette. I've sort of refrained from this site, shiboleth, as I really dislike the new format and wonder why Alex changed it to this current one. It's even aesthetically off the mark. Too bad. Cheers.
thespiritbo on Jun 3, 2020
Thanks for your insights, Bo. It is true, Fassbinder probably was not an easy person to be around. I can tell that from everything I know about him. He probably belongs to one of those categories of people (or artists) who are better and more interesting when you follow their work but not their lives. So, his biography might be another reason to stick to his films and less to his biography. And I had my share of messy people like him. He definitely had something in him, but some inner demons were also that. Which probably messed up his life or those around him. As for this site, yes, things are changing and is probably not for the beter. But that works for so many places (virtual or not) these days. I do believe that Alex means the best but also is following the conformist trends that are modern these days. More and more, it looks like being a conformist today means having always something new, being new and ready for change means to conform with the conformity nowadays more then ever. Everything changes and everything is new so that way nothing gets better and new. I guess, Alex can't resist that. But as I said, there are worse places. And I also visit places/sites which are not only about films so I see, just like you, something else, too. Anyway and despite everything, whenever you drop by, I'll be glad. Stay good and take care, Bo. Cheers ...
shiboleth on Jun 4, 2020
I'll be dropping by less and less, shiboleth, as I hate this new format. I liked the photos of the films the article and tread was about. Just this writing and what not is too lame and very, very ugly with no aesthetic beauty of appreciation at all. I fear you are correct with conforming and the new and blah blah blah, but I'll stay with other sites that have the photos introducing the article. I avoid what I don't like and I don't like this new and less pleasing aesthetically format. Chow!
thespiritbo on Jun 5, 2020
What new format do you mean? I'm confused. I haven't really changed anything major recently. Just updated some software on the server so it runs faster and smoother. I didn't change any format or design elements recently, only cleaning up tiny aspects of it. Can you explain what is the issue so I can try to work on it and improve it?
Alex Billington on Jun 7, 2020
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