Proletarian revolutions might not generally be triggered by romantic desires, but in Julian Radlmaier’s comically absurd Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog, it doesn’t seem such a far-fetched proposition. The film starts with the story of the dog from the title, who in a frame narrative explains how he came to be transformed from an unemployed communist filmmaker into a canine with a philosophical bent.
Unable to finance his new project, young Berlin-based director Julian tells foreign exchange student Camille that his job in the countryside is research for an upcoming film. When Camille offers to help, he is forced to uphold the lie. The plantation isn’t the proletarian idyll he had hoped for, but fortunately the reincarnation of Francis of Assisi provides spiritual insight and a new aim in life.
Radlmaier’s theatrical style is clearly inspired by the films of Werner Schroeter (whose assistant he once was), but he adds a big nod to Rosselini and Neorealism. 

International title
Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog
Filmmaker
Julian Radlmaier
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Germany
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
99’
Language
German, English
Producer
Kirill Krasovskiy
Production Company
Faktura Film
Sales
Faktura Film
Writer
Julian Radlmaier
Cinematography
Markus Koob
Editor
Julian Radlmaier
Production Design
Merle Vorwald
Sound Design
Christian Obermaier, Tobias Bilz
Cast
Deragh Campbell, Julian Radlmaier, Beniamin Forti, Kyung-Taek Lie
Website
http://www.fakturafilm.de/self-criticism/