Oskar und Leni

  • 90'
  • Germany
  • 1998
The black & white Oskar und Leni is an ironic romantic drama that refers to pre-war German film in its theatrical element. The Berlin of the film is not the city that is now rising from the ground, but a melancholy set for a light fantastic love story.Oskar, who won a gold medal for swimming at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, was in the European headlines for fourteen years as the most wanted burglar. He specialised in jewels. But in 1987 a bullet in the head brought his career to a sudden end. He was sentenced to fifteen years in jail. After nine years he is released for good behaviour. In the metro he meets Leni, who works in a cake factory, gives theatre shows in bars and is also a part-time prostitute. It is love at first sight. While Leni does everything to see him again, Oskar disappears in the big city and finds shelter with a theatre company. But the power of love is inescapable. They find each other in their dreams and can't let go any more. Bound like Romeo and Juliet, they come to terms with their fate and dream their dream of love together.
Director
Petra Katharina Wagner
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
1998
Festival Edition
IFFR 1999
Length
90'
Medium
35mm
Language
German
Producers
Indigo Films, Erik Stappenbeck, Jörg Wagner
Sales
Indigo Films
Screenplay
Petra Katharina Wagner
Editor
Erik Stappenbeck