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Not A Love Song

Not A Love Song

An almost deserted village on the Polish border, where the future is so dismal that "even the animals have begun to commit suicideÒ, according to Bruno (Lars Rudolph), the hapless hero of the story. Nevertheless, one die-hard local couple, Karl (Matthias Freihof) und Luise (Anna Thalbach), are banking on a rosy future, with plans to build a spa-center. Bruno, a would-be James Dean, becomes the object of both LuiseÍs and KarlÍs desire, but he can neither be saved by KarlÍs concepts of free enterprise nor seduced by LuiseÍs charm. The three characters find themselves caught in the Beckettesque atmosphere of the village where nothing functions: neither the economy, nor love, nor the getaway car. All that remains is the nostalgic memory of desire, but not desire itself.


Jan Ralske was born in Texas (USA) in 1959 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Wilhelm Pieck University in Rostock. He worked as a photo-journalist for BerlinÍs taz and as a freelancer for Deutsche Welle TV from 1984 onwards and then for MA.JA.DE Filmproduktion from 1995. He has directed several short films, including Der Partisan (1993) and Vergangen, Vergessen, Vorueber (1994), and graduated from the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) with Not A Love Song/False Moves (1997). Since then, he has made Badolato: Hoffen auf ein Wunder (2001).
Category Feature
Director Jan Ralske
Screenplay Jan Ralske
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Jan Ralske, Alida Babel
Kurt Ralske
Cast Lars Rudolph, Anna Thalbach, Matthias Freihof
Producer Gudrun Ruzicková-Steiner
Production Company Luna-Film/Berlin, in co-production with MDR, SFB/Berlin
Length 84 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Sound Technology Mono, Optical
Festivals Saarbruecken 97, Rotterdam 97
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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