The Holy Bunch

  • 89'
  • Germany
  • 1991
Roy, an editor, is dead. His friends - a writer, a translator, a photographer, a draughtsman and an architect - are reading their way through his notebooks trying to reconstruct his life. This leads some of them to Cologne Cathedral and the Sagrada Familia; others to confrontations with their own projections (literally in the case of Carl, the writer, haunted by his creation, Rob).
The Holy Bunch is a modernist melodrama - beyond-Antonioni in its images; decisively Dreyerian in its spirituality - the body's pathos, sex' fleeting beauty and the soothing calm of pop songs and hymns. Within Emigholz's œuvre, The Holy Bunch is something like a Great Nave, connecting his 1970s essays in neo-/post-/straight-forward classical feature filmmaking with Photography and Beyond's narratives of space and time, meditations on the eternal in the only too finite. One of German cinema's few modern (or Modernist) masterpieces.
Director
Heinz Emigholz
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
1991
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
89'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Der Zynische Körper
Languages
German, English
Producer
Werner Müller
Production Company
Pym Films
Sales
Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting
Screenplay
Heinz Emigholz
Cinematography
Heinz Emigholz
Editor
Renate Merck
Production Design
Ueli Etter
Sound Design
Alfred Olbrisch
Music
Nikolaus Utermöhlen
Cast
Eckhard Rhode, Klaus Behnken
Website
http://pym.de