IFFR KINO #9: La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser

IFFR KINO is back! On Wednesday 4 October, we will launch the second season with a bang with the favourite film of IFFR's programming department: Davide Manuli's The Legend of Kaspar Hauser (2012). A wonderfully weird post-western featuring cult icon Vincent Gallo in an unforgettable double role.

Kaspar Hauser, a mysterious boy who could hardly speak, surfaced on the streets of Nuremberg in 1828. His history and ancestry – rumoured to be royal – were never explained. Filmmaker Davide Manuli translated the legend to the 21st century.

In this Italian version, Kaspar Hauser, donning sweatpants and huge headphones, washes ashore on a small and virtually uninhabited island where he is found and accepted as the saviour by The Sherriff (Gallo), who also performs as a DJ. The Duchess, who rules over the tiny island community, feels threatened by the boy with the blonde hair and deploys The Pusher (again Gallo) to sort things out. Hauser's tale is told in short chapters, each consisting of a single long take, with minimal, alienating dialogues. The film is shot in black-and-white against the sober backdrop of desolate beaches and villages, supported by the pulsating beats of Vitalic.

With The Legend of Kaspar Hauser we give you a taste of what to expect for the first half of this IFFR KINO season: exquisite IFFR underground hits that deserve another showing, on every first Wednesday of the month. We will cover the entire spectrum of weird: from wonderfully obscure and surreal to incredibly shocking and original. The films also refer to the many beautiful things IFFR 2018 has in store.

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