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LONTANO - PETER STEIN'S SCHAUBÜHNE (LONTANO. DIE SCHAUBÜHNE VON PETER STEIN)

LONTANO - PETER STEIN'S SCHAUBÜHNE
photo © Ruth Walz

LONTANO is an appreciation of the multi-faceted artistic work of West Germany's first autonomous theater group which, between 1970 and 1985, under the direction of Peter Stein, made theater history.

The film traces the formation of the Schaubühne as a theater experiment in the spirit of '68, describes how grassroots democracy was practiced within the group and addresses the premises, the errors and the mentality which swiftly elevated the Schaubühne to the position of the most important German theater in the second half of the 20th century. What made self-governed theater work possible?

Historic venues are revisited in the company of former ensemble members, reconstructing aspects of the theater work of the time. LONTANO provides a fragmentary, almost archaeological approximation of performance moments, spaces, costumes, designs, texts, plays, bodies. Which are the memories that remain? What is lost? An intense retrospective view – “A reflective film” (Peter Stein).
Genre Art, Biopic, History, Theater
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Director Andreas Lewin
Screenplay Andreas Lewin
Cinematography Wojciech Szepel
Cast Peter Stein, Moidele Bickel, Volker Butzmann, Bruno Ganz, Corinna Kirchhoff, Michael König, Willem Menne, Elke Petri, Susanne Raschig, Werner Rehm, Libgart Schwarz, Peter Simonischek
Producer Andreas Lewin
Production Company Andreas Lewin Filmproduktion/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, color, 16:9
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian
Festivals FIPA Biarritz 2014
With backing from Deutsche Bank, Rudolf Augstein Foundation, DEFA Foundation, Goethe-Institut

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