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Sacre du Printemps, Le

Sacre du Printemps, Le
Scene from "Le Sacre du Printemps" (photo © Eins54 Film)

Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps was inspired by prehistoric rituals as well as by a dance performed for the Slavic god Yarilo. Here the story is transposed to the realm of Santeria – one of the few still practiced archaic religions. The material world is represented as an emotionally impoverished big city. The spiritual world is symbolized as a tropical island where the Santeria rituals are still practiced.

God is a black woman. In her kitchen she prepares another one of her experiments – the creation of the three main characters: Dr. Bardot, a brain surgeon, who feels terrorized by the chaos and the dirt of the world; Esther, a woman lost in her mourning for her dead husband; and Lucia, a young girl abused by her father, seeking revenge through self-destruction.

The hands of God place Esther, Lucia and Dr. Bardot in the same city in order to observe their lives. They all share the same fate: in the moment when their maniac obsessions and fears reach their peak, they suddenly find themselves whisked away to a tropical island, where black albinos, dwarfs and transvestites prepare them for a ritual that will heal them of their fears. Meanwhile, God is watching the result of the experiment through her kitchen window...


Oliver Herrmann was born in 1963 in Bremen and died in 2003 in Berlin. He studied in Berlin, New York and Havana. In the early 1980s, he worked as a theater photographer. In 1988, he began working as an assistant director and film editor and contributed to such periodicals as Zeit Magazin, Theater Heute, Der Stern, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Marie Claire. In 1998, he founded, together with Robert Zimmermann, Eins54 Film, a production company specializing in films about classical music. His films include: Acht Fragen (short, 1996), Ombra Felice (TV, 1999), One Night. One Life (TV, 2000), Dichterliebe (TV, 2001), Odon von Horvath - zum 100. Geburtstag (TV, 2002) and Le Sacre du Printemps (short, 2003).
Genre Art
Category Short
Year of Production 2003
Director Oliver Herrmann
Screenplay Julio Gomez
Cinematography David Slama
Oliver Herrmann
Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle
Momme Roehrbein
Cast Robert Hunger-Bühler, Sophie Semin, Ariadna del Carmen
Producer Robert Zimmermann
Production Company Eins54 Film/Berlin, in co-production with NHK/Tokyo, ZDF, SRF/Zurich, Berliner Philharmoniker/Berlin, ICAIC/Havana
Length 38 min
Original Version
 Silent
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2004, Rose d'Or Lucerne 2004, Cinevegas 2004, Beverly Hills 2004, Golden Prague 2004, Calgary 2004, Palm Srpings 2004, Split 2004, Asolo 2004

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