Hannelore Elsner and Ronald Zehrfeld
Copyright: Sabine Erlenwein

Art historically, selfies are rather new phenomena, although the word is even in the dictionary (Oxford: noun, informal – A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media) and has even made its way into the German Duden. Actors are the kinds of people who are quite accustomed to the camera. Yet to finally have control over it may provide a unique feeling of freedom. In our example, we see Hannelore Elsner and Ronald Zehrfeld setting their own scene entirely without a director. The photogenic tête-à-tête occurred on the fringes of the Goethe-Institut’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco.