by Rosa von Praunheim
Germany 2015, 89 min.
Once you‘ve hit rock bottom, the only way is up
A man set to lose it all, former world karate champion Andreas Marquardt and his fictional counterpart recreate a turbulent past, showcasing a childhood rife with sexual abuse, a career as a pimp, and, ultimately, a lengthy jail sentence. Andreas recounts how his early life choices later led him to get treatment, enabling him to begin anew with the one woman who endured all and stayed with him during his darkest days. Today, he runs a karate school for young children, as well as a number of charities campaigning against child abuse, proving that it's never to late to change.
Cast & Crew
Hanno Koffler, Luise Heyer, Katy Karrenbauer, Andreas Marquardt, Marion Erdmann
Production: Rosa von Praunheim Filmproduktion
World Premiere: Berlinale Panorama 2015
Asian Premiere: Hong Kong IFF 2015
North American Premiere: Montreal World FF 2015
Finnish Premiere: Helsinki IFF 2015
Vancouver IFF 2015
US Premiere: Chicago IFF 2015
German Film Days Bucharest 2015
Latin American Premiere: Mix Brazil 2015
Spanish Premiere: ZINEBI Bilbao 2015
Indian Premiere: Chennai IFF 2016
Portuguese Premiere: KINO - Mostra de Cinema de Expressao Alema 2016
Athenee Francais Cultural Center, Tokyo 2017
Rissei Cinema Kyoto 2017
Panorama Audience Award - Berlin IFF 2015
Rosa von Praunheim
Rosa von Praunheim was born in 1942 as Holger Mischwitzky in Riga, Latvia. His artist name Rosa refers to the pink triangle (rosa Winkel) that homosexuals were forced to wear in the Nazi concentration camps. He has made more than 70 films, many of which deal with his favorite subjects: homosexuality, older women, New York City.