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PROLETARIAN WINTER'S TALE, A (PROLETARISCHES WINTERMÄRCHEN, EIN)

PROLETARIAN WINTER'S TALE, A

Three young Georgians have to clean a castle in Berlin, where a German armament manufacturer’s collection of contemporary art is being set up for an exhibition. Of course, the proletariat isn’t welcome at the opening party and the three protagonists are banished to a small servants’ room in the attic. Downstairs, however, a splendid buffet attracts them – so why not just ignore the unfair prohibition and cross the demarcation line of class society? Didn’t the French Revolution start for a piece of cake, anyway? Telling each other unlikely stories ranging from an adventure of Saint Francis to a spiritualistic séance in the Soviet Union, the three protagonists try to find an answer to this question: Can class relations be overcome, when all bequeathed stories say they can’t? Besides that, they have to struggle with obstinate clouds, neo-liberal working conditions, apocalyptic petty bourgeois and the agents of a confusing late capitalist conspiracy, which they’ll all defeat with a laziness one must call messianic. A proletarian winter’s tale, so to speak.


Julian Radlmaier was born in Nuremberg. After studies in Film Theory and Art History in Berlin and Paris, he was the personal assistant to Werner Schroeter and worked as a translator and editor of film-theoretical writings by the French philosopher Jacques Rancière. He has been studying Directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin since 2009. His films include: A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING EUROPE (2013), A PROLETARIAN WINTER'S TALE (2014), and SELF-CRITICISM OF A BOURGEOIS DOG (2017).
Genre Art, Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Julian Radlmaier
Cast Natia Bakhtadze, Sandro Koberidze, Ilia Korkashvili, Lars Rudolph, Katja Weilandt, Christoph Förster
Producer Kirill Krasovski
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 63 min
Original Version
 German, Georgian
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rotterdam 2014 (The State of Europe), Viennale 2014, Sevilla 2014, Curitiba 2015
Awards Artistic Contribution Award Curitiba 2015

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