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KOHLHAAS OR THE PROPORTIONALITY OF MEANS (KOHLHAAS ODER DIE VERHÄLTNISMÄSSIGKEIT DER MITTEL)

KOHLHAAS OR THE PROPORTIONALITY OF MEANS
photo © C. Pirjol/Kaminski.Stiehm.Film 2012

Deep in the Bavarian countryside Kleist’s historical drama Michael Kohlhaas is being shot. But instead of shooting a huge epic with impressive costumes and extraordinary props, grown-up men in blue overalls and suits run through the woods and fight with imaginary weapons. What has happened?

The young director Lehmann is fighting for his vision, for his film, although all funds have been cancelled after the first day of shooting. With enthusiasm Lehmann appeals to the imagination of his team. He’s convinced that the actor’s play and the fantasy of the audience will be sufficient to make this movie authentic.

The team depends on the support of the people from the village. But with his unconventional ideas and his fundamentalism, Lehmann has supporters as well as enemies. After a few days of shooting the mood at the set changes. Negative voices arise. It all seems to get out of control. The fictional Kohlhaas plot takes over reality little by little. Lehmann has to fight for his vision as much as Kleist’s Kohlhaas has to fight for his right. Lehmann sees his hopes dash. But he knows: this film has to be finished. Whatever may come. Even if he has to go far. Too far.


Aron Lehmann was born in Wuppertal in 1981. He worked for several television production companies from 2003-2005 before starting his studies in Film Directing at the “Konrad Wolf” University of Television and Film in Potsdam-Babelsberg. His films include: LIED (short, 2006), SO G'SELL SO (short, 2007), LIEBE GEMEINDE (short, 2008), GERHOLD SELLE – RENTNER (short doc, 2009), MONDWÄRTS (short, 2010), and his graduation film KOHLHAAS OR THE PROPORTIONALITY OF MEANS (2012), which won the Audience Award at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken.
Genre Drama, Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Aron Lehmann
Screenplay Aron Lehmann
Cinematography Cristian Pirjol
Cast Robert Gwisdek, Jan Messutat, Thorsten Merten, Rosalie Thomass, Michael Fuith, Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner, Anton Gruber, Eckhard Greiner
Producers Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm, Miriam Klein
Production Company Kaminski.Stiehm.Film/Berlin, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Length 90 min
Format HD, DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken 2013, Slamdance 2013 (Narrative Feature Competition), Havana 2014
Awards Audience Award Saarbrücken 2013
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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