21st Festival Films


© Sebastian Geyer/avanti media fiction
© Sebastian Geyer/avanti media fiction

Fri. Feb. 3, 2017 5:30 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
U.S.A. Premiere
113 mins. Austria, Germany, Italy (2016). DCP Projection. German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Cordula Kablitz-Post
Starring: Nicole Heesters, Katharina Lorenz, Liv Lisa Fries, Julius Feldmeier, Merab Ninidze, Alexander Scheer, Katharina Schüttler
Screenplay: Cordula Kablitz-Post, Susanne Hertel
Cinematography: Matthias Schellenberg
Editor: Beatrice Babin
Producers: Cordula Kablitz-Post, Helge Sasse, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
World Sales: ARRI Media International, Munich

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Winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney.
The legendary writer and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé is leading a lonely existence in Göttingen in 1933, threatened by the Nazi regime. When German philologist Ernst Pfeiffer enters her life, she begins to write her memoirs with him. Born in 1861 in St. Petersburg, she had vowed never to fall in love, but to pursue intellectual perfection. She meets Paul Rée and Friedrich Nietzsche and against all conventions of time, Lou and Rée live and study together in Berlin. Lou attains her goal of an intellectual and free-spirited life, but when she meets the young and still unknown writer Rainer Maria Rilke, she falls in love with him. After they break up, she has numerous affairs. Lou begins to attend Sigmund Freud’s lectures, becomes a well-esteemed psychoanalyst, and finally recognizes the trauma of her youth.