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The ancient myth of the musician Orpheus, who wants to bring back his beloved from the underworld and defeat the hellhound with the power of music, is more than 2,000 years old. When Khavn, Kluge and the whole team sat together after the premiere of their film HAPPY LAMENTO in Venice, the idea of filming this material came up. At the same time it was sad that Orpheus could not really bring his Eurydice to the light in all the repetitions of this myth, and it was incomprehensible to everyone that the natural gesture of looking back at the beloved should be eternally punished with her death. One must risk a change of sex. Maybe an ORPHEA can “actually bring her beloved back from hell”. Music is an art from the rib of Eve.

In Manila, Khavn’s home, Lilith Stangenberg goes through a hell. While she passionately searches for her Eurydiko, he already follows her on her heels. At the same time in Central Europe: Orphea works “in the name of the Revolution” not only for the liberation of her beloved, but for the return of all the dead: For the utopia of Apokatastasis panton. This utopia applies to Silicon Valley today just as it did to the program of the revolution of 1917.

Nothing in ORPHEA is secure, everything here is rhythm. Orphea has left behind the ancient tragedy with its iron standards: Believing in the mammoths of the imagination, in the power of music and the capacity for love that underlies all cinema.
Genre Music
Category Feature
Year of Production 2020
Directors Alexander Kluge, Khavn
Screenplay Alexander Kluge, Khavn, Douglas Candano
Cinematography Thomas Wilke, Albert Banzon, Gym Lumbera
Cast Lilith Stangenberg, Ian Madrigal
Producers Alexander Kluge, Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster
Production Companies Kairos Film, Rapid Eye Movies
Runtime 99 min
Format DCP 4K, color, 1:1.85
 German, English, Tagalog
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2020
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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