Brinkmanns Zorn

  • 105'
  • Germany
  • 2006
The German avant-garde poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann died on 23 April 1975 after he was hit by a car in London. This Cologne representative of the Beat Generation was already a legend. Brinkmann did not fit in with the literary establishment in any way and, unlike the rest of the cultural elite, was not interested in the theme of collective guilt that still weighed heavily in Germany. Brinkmann’s world was one of the naked here and now. He stripped immediate reality of false sentiment and nostalgia and his critical deconstruction of German culture at the time still forms a milestone in German literature.
Brinkmann did not only leave poetry for his readers, but also short stories, a novel and several radio plays. In addition, he documented his life on Super8 films, collages, photographs and especially on sound tape. His material, made available by his widow, forms the basis for this biographical feature. Eckhard Rhode, who plays Brinkmann, had the difficult yet well performed task of miming the texts seamlessly. Brinkmann’s Wrath shows the last part of the life of the experimental poet who accepted voluntary exile because encounters with colleagues only led to fierce confrontations. At the same time, the film portrays his difficult marriage and the care of their handicapped son, Robert. (PvH)

Director
Harald Bergmann
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2006
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
105'
Medium
35mm
International title
Brinkmann's Wrath
Language
German
Producers
Harald Bergmann, Wilfried Reichart
Production Companies
Harald Bergmann Filmproduktion, WDR
Sales
Harald Bergmann Filmproduktion
Screenplay
Harald Bergmann
Cinematography
Elfi Mikesch
Editor
Harald Bergmann
Sound Design
Volker Zeigermann, Kai Tebbel
Cast
Eckhard Rhode, Alexandra Finder
Website
http://brinkmannszorn.de