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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Maria Von Den Sternen

Fortnight 1989, Feature film, 1h30

Synopsis

Some weeks ago, I saw Kieslowski’s film A Short Film About Love. I saw in it a great many similarities to my film Maria Von Den Sternen. So there are ideas and tendencies that even if they are not in the street, they are at least floating in the air. This means that the points in common and the parallels may not seem be pure chance. Now, it does seem to me that this theme of voyeurism that our films have in common is not at all pure chance. It also seems to me that certain precise infetious illnesses create a move of communication – and through it of imaginary – towards voyeurism, either by restricting it or by enlarging it. That is perhaps an aspect of the future that is as painful as it is positive. Thomas Mauch

Director

Thomas Mauch

He was born in Heidenheim an der Brenz. He worked as an assistant operator and lived in Latin America and Asia where he directed political documentaries for the WDR channel. He also was a director of photography and worked with Werner Herzog, Alexandre Kluge, Werner Schroeter, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Luc Bondy and Christian Wagner. He participated in many TV films and short films as a producer, director and operator. Maria Von Den Sternen is his first feature film.

Eric Schildkraut
Heiko Deutschmann
Isolde Freitag
Katja Junge
Malte Jaeger
Michael Lot
Robert Duessier

Screenplay
Thomas Mauch, Eva Hiller

Image
Thomas Mauch

Sound
Michael Sombetzki

Editing
Bettina Böhler

Music
Christoph Oliver

Production : Thomas Mauch Filmproduktion, Hamburg, RFA ainsi que Hamburger Filmbüro et Hamburger Film-Fond Vente à l’étranger : Metropolis Film World Sales, Zurich, Suisse

Title in Original Version : Marie des étoiles