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Escape to Life - The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

Escape to Life - The Erika and Klaus Mann Story

Erika and Klaus Mann are one of the most famous pair of siblings of the last century. Raised in the shadow of their overpowering father, Thomas Mann, they break out to conquer the world - and are crushed between the great political forces of their time.

In a time of great uncertainty, their moral and political convictions were clear and unwavering - while their actions were riddled with contradictions. Klaus was a writer who saw his work banned from being published during his lifetime, and a pacifist who begged the American Army to let him join the fight against his former homeland. Erika was an actress who faced actual laws passed against her performing in Europe, and a lesbian who married twice: once to the actor Gustaf Gruendgens, and once to the poet W. H. Auden. However close, their relationship was strained by these pressures and by the demands of living in permanent exile.
Genre Biopic
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2000
Directors Andrea Weiss, Wieland Speck
Screenplay Andrea Weiss, Wieland Speck
Cinematography Uli Fischer, Ann T. Rossetti, Nuala Campbell
Andrea Weiss, Prisca Swan
John Eacott
Johannes Wienand, Bader El Hindi, Ivan Ingerman
Producers Thomas Kufus, Greta Schiller
Voices Barbara Nüsse, Vanessa Redgrave, Corin Redgrave, Ulrich Matthes
Production Company Jezebel Films/London-New York, in co-production with zero one film
Runtime 84 min
Format Super 16
Language
 English/German
Subtitled Version German/English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2000, Rotterdam 2001, Berlin 2001, Human Rights Watch London 2001, Jerusalem 2001, Warsaw 2001, Bergen 2001, Valladolid 2001, Paris Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2001
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Arts Council of England, MEDIA
German Distributor Piffl Medien

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