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SECRETS OF HANDSOME LEO, THE (GEHEIMNISSE DES SCHÖNEN LEO, DIE)

SECRETS OF HANDSOME LEO, THE
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Leo Wagner was a co-founder of the CSU, the Conservatives, and a member of the German Federal Parliament in Bonn. During the day, the wartime generation of politicians did their duty at the political front of the Cold War, afterwards they relaxed in Cologne’s night life with young women and old champagne. The families left at home were often only a façade. For Leo, the extravagant way of life came at a cost. He became involved in dubious affairs and contacts with the Stasi.

Now, his grandson, young filmmaker Benedikt Schwarzer, exposes the political and personal background to one of the greatest political scandals of the German Republic in Bonn.


Benedikt Schwarzer was born in 1987. He worked as a photographer and photo designer and as a director's and camera assistant prior to studying Documentary Film at the University of Television and Film in Munich. His films include: LUST (experimental short, 2011), SHOOT ME (experimental doc, 2013), WAS BLEIBT (video projection, 2015), AUGE IN AUGE (video loop, 2016), IM SCHATTEN (short doc, 2016), and THE SECRETS OF HANDSOME LEO (doc, 2018).
Genre Politics, Biopic, Drama, History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2018
Director Benedikt Schwarzer
Cinematography Julian Krubasik
Producer Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Production Company Lichtblick Film
Length 80 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Dok.Fest Munich 2018
With backing from BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board

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