Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes

Julian Radlmaier

IFFR 2017

Bright Future

  • 99'
  • Germany
  • 2017

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. 

Director
Julian Radlmaier
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
99'
Medium
DCP
International title
Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog
Languages
German, English
Producer
Kirill Krasovskiy / Faktura Film
Production Company
Faktura Film
Sales
Faktura Film
Screenplay
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/