Helmut Berger, Actor

  • 90'
  • Austria
  • 2015
"Maybe the best motion picture of the year is also the worst? One-time dreamboat movie star and lover of Visconti, Helmut Berger, now seventy-one and sometimes looking like Marguerite Duras, rants and raves in his ramshackle apartment while the maid dishes the dirt about his sad life. The rules of documentary access are permanently fractured here when our featured attraction takes off all his clothes on camera, masturbates, and actually ejaculates. The Damned, indeed," says cult director John Waters.
Is this a thumbs up or down? Once a sex symbol and art film icon, now an emblem of faded glory, his walls covered with photos of yesteryear. Who is the star when time and age take ownership of his face? Is he still in charge of his appearance? And what is this odd eroticised, even sexually loaded entanglement between director and protagonist? Whose film is this, anyway? And at what point do we take our own responsibility? Film introduced by a video essay by Hugo Emmerzael.

Director
Andreas Horvath
Country of production
Austria
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Languages
German, English, French, Italian
Producer
Andreas Horvath
Sales
Andreas Horvath
Cinematography
Andreas Horvath
Editor
Andreas Horvath
Sound Design
Andreas Horvath
Music
Andreas Horvath
Cast
Andreas Horvath
Website
http://andreashorvath.com