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The legendary writer and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé is leading a lonely existence in Göttingen in 1933, threatened by the Nazi regime. When German philologist Ernst Pfeiffer enters her life, she begins to write her memoirs with him. Born in 1861 in St. Petersburg, she vows never to fall in love and to pursue intellectual perfection. She meets Paul Rée and Friedrich Nietzsche and, against all conventions of time, Lou and Rée live and study together in Berlin. Lou attains her goal of an intellectual and free-spirited life, but when she meets the young and still unknown writer Rainer Maria Rilke she falls in love. After they break up she has numerous affairs. Lou begins to attend Sigmund Freud’s lectures, becomes a well-esteemed psychoanalyst and finally recognizes the trauma of her youth.

Cordula Kablitz-Post studied German and English Literature and Theater Arts in Munich and Berlin, with an emphasis on film and television. She has written and directed numerous documentaries and artist’s portraits for the public broadcasters ARTE and ARD. In 1995 she founded the production company Avanti Media, which has since been awarded the Grimme Prize several times for the ARTE-documentary series INTO THE NIGHT WITH…. In 2001, she founded Avanti Media Fiction, through which she primarily produces and directs feature films and high-quality television and theatrical documentaries. The multi-awarded period movie IN LOVE WITH LOU – A PHILOSOPHER’S LIFE marked her feature debut.
Genre Biopic, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Cordula Kablitz-Post
Screenplay Cordula Kablitz-Post, Susanne Hertel
Cinematography Matthias Schellenberg
Cast Katharina Lorenz, Nicole Heesters, Liv Lisa Fries, Julius Feldmeier, Merab Ninidze, Alexander Scheer, Julius Feldmeier, Katharina Schüttler, Matthias Lier
Producers Cordula Kablitz-Post, Helge Sasse, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
Co-Producers Josef Reidinger, Antonio Exacoustos, Sissi Hüetlin
Production Companies Avanti Media Fiction, Tempest Film, KGP Kranzelbinder Gabriele Filmproduktion/Vienna, in co-production with ARRI Media, ORF/Vienna
Length 113 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 5.1
Festivals Shanghai 2016, Bengaluru 2017, Cleveland 2017, Haifa 2017
With backing from Nordmedia, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, IDM Südtirol – Alto Adige, German Federal Film Fund, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, FISA
German Distributor Wild Bunch Germany

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