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© Karsten Pruehl

GOETHES FAUST is set in a modern metropolis made of concrete and glass. The people have turned their backs to nature. Here, the hacker Faust is on a quest for higher meaning and transcendence. He loves to expand his consciousness with LSD. But his latest trip becomes horrific. A woman appears and claims to be Mephisto herself. She convinces Faust that she'd change his life and he enters a pact with her to be his maidservant. Soon after, Faust encounters an innocent girl, Gretchen. In order to win her trust, he uses Mephisto’s powers. He thinks he loves her, but after he has taken her virginity, he loses interest and strives for even greater pleasures. Mephisto leads him to a festival of lust and drugs, where Faust sheds himself. Meanwhile Gretchen's life falls apart...

Karsten Pruehl studied Art, Film and Design at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar and the York University in Toronto, followed by work as a freelance filmmaker, photographer and illustrator. After several TV-productions in which he worked as a production assistant, he began directing for the European Film Philharmonic, Free University Berlin, DAAD, Grazia and Converse. His first feature-length film WITH LOVE FROM MADAGASCAR (2014) was a docu-fiction about the cycling journey of two lovers through the unique but dying nature of Madagascar where they will find a new kind of love. The film earned awards and nominations (including Best Documentary Camgaroo Award Munich, Award of Excellence The Indie Fest, and was nominated as Best Documentary Feature IFAB Berlin, among others). GOETHES FAUST is his second feature.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2018
Director Karsten Pruehl
Screenplay Karsten Pruehl
Cinematography Daniel Goede
Cast Bernardo Arias Porras, Runa Pernoda Schaefer, Helena Siegmund-Schultze, David Halina, Gabi Herz, Kalle Perlmutter, Heidrun Bartholomäus, Simone Geißler
Producer Maik Schuntermann
Production Company Picturis Produktion
Length 105 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 5.1
With backing from Saxony-Anhalt Arts Foundation

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