Film Info: Abfallprodukte der Liebe

Love´s Debris (Abfallprodukte der Liebe)

Love´s Debris

"The title of this film is based on a very deep conviction that what we express vocally is the product of our quest for a closer approach to the other, for Love and all possible romantic aptitudes. To test out this basic notion, I invited some singers to the Abbey of Royaumont, with the aim of creating situations and discussions among them and their friends, wives, lovers, mistresses and children. Each romantic pair remained with me for one or two days. Trusting in the inspiration and the magic of the moment, I staged these given situations which finally take form in music." Werner Schroeter

A film about the world of opera, the miracle and power of expression of the human voice, a meeting with extraordinary singers.


Werner Schroeter (1945-2010) made his first films on 8 mm in 1967/1968. He also worked in the theater and staged his first opera (Lohengrin) in Kassel in 1979. He made his first feature-length film Eika Katappa in 1969 and followed it with, among others, The Death of Maria Malibran (Der Tod der Maria Malibran, 1971), Golden Flakes (Goldflocken, 1976), Kingdom of Naples (Neapolitanische Geschwister, 1978), Palermo or Wolfsburg (Palermo oder Wolfsburg, 1980), Day of Idiots (Der Tag der Idioten, 1981), The Rose King (Der Rosenkoenig, 1985), Malina (1990), Love\'s Debris (Abfallprodukte der Liebe, 1996), Die Koenigin - Marianne Hoppe (2000), and Two (Deux, 2002).
Genre Art, Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1996
Director Werner Schroeter
Screenplay Werner Schroeter, Claire Alby
Cinematography Elfi Mikesch
Juliane Lorenz
Producers Christoph Meyer-Wiel, Wieland Schulz-Keil, Jean-Pierre Bailly, Anne Cauvin
Production Company Schlemmer Film/CMW Film, Berlin, in co-production with WDR, La Sept arte, France Supervision
Length 130 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/English/ French/Italian
Subtitled Versions German, English
Festivals Lorcarno 1996, Hof 1996, Vienna 1996, Los Angeles 1996, Duisburg 1996, Rotterdam 1997, Gothenburg 1997
Awards Pardo d'Honneur Locarno 1996, Honorary Award Hof 1996, ARTE Award Duisburg 1996
German Distributor TiMe Medienvertrieb/Munich

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