35 MM PROJECTIETuesday 25 February
& talk by director Christoph Hochhäusler
Christoph Hochhäusler, GER 2005
Falscher Bekenner tells the tale of anti-ambitious Armin Steeb, who has just turned adult. Still living with his middle-class parents, he leads a sheltered existence. Now bereft of maternal coddling and the safety net provided by his father, Armin feels as if he has to go things alone. Adrift without purpose in his life, he decides to write confessional letters. However, one thing leads to another, and soon it no longer suffices to just pretend he is the perpetrator..
The evening promises to be a special one: not only will a 35mm print of Falscher Bekenner be screened, but director Christoph Hochhäusler will also be in attendance for a Q&A session about his movie, as well as on the importance of collectively sharing a cinematic experience in a movie audience.
Falscher Bekenner featured in the Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. In addition to making this movie, German screenwriter and director Christoph Hochhäusler has created an interesting oeuvre, including collaborating with Christian Petzold on the German TV experiment Dreileben, which comprised three separate feature films, which although completely independent of each other, did share time, location and some of their characters. Hochhäusler has also been very active in film journalism, publishing a multitude of work, and also founding and acting as one of the editors of the movie magazine Revolver. If your German is up to it, be sure to check out his blog.