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Awkward Customer, An - The Writer Guenter Grass (Unbequeme, Der - Der Dichter Guenter Grass)

Awkward Customer, An - The Writer Guenter Grass
Guenter Grass (photo courtesy of Ziegler Film)

The documentary An Awkward Customer - The Writer Guenter Grass accompanies the Nobel Prize-winner from 2005 until the presentation of his controversial novel Peeling the Onion in October 2006. He travels to readings, attends election meetings, award ceremonies and discussions with translators. Together with his daughter, actress Helene Grass, he gives a stage performance in Paris - while all the time working on his novel. These events are augmented by interviews with colleagues and friends such as Amos Oz, Salman Rushdie, his editor Gerhard Steidl and German ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. Viewing Guenter Grass from a close distance it becomes evident that his juvenile belief in the Nazi regime is the open wound which has motivated all his work, both as an artist and as a political individual. The portrait goes way beyond last summer's media hype about his "SS Revelation" and will still be valid after Grass celebrates his 80th birthday in October 2007.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2007
Directors Sigrun Matthiesen, Nadja Frenz
Screenplay Sigrun Matthiesen, Nadja Frenz
Cinematography Knut Schmitz
Gesa Marten
Stefan Doering
Producers Regina Ziegler, Claudia Bissinger
Production Company Ziegler Film, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Runtime 87 min
Format color
Subtitled Version English
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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