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A bourgeois dog confesses how he was transformed from being a filmmaker to being four-legged: Unable to find financing for his film, Julian is forced to accept a job as a seasonal farmhand. At a party, however, he makes the young Canadian expat Camille believe that he’s going to do research for a communist fairy-tale film and offers her the leading part. To his great surprise, she decides to accompany him, sparking off Julian’s lurking romantic fantasies. Thus they arrive at the deceitfully idyllic scene of an exploitative apple plantation. While Julian finds the manual labor agonizing and fears the strange roommates in his humble container home, Camille enthusiastically plunges into the alleged research and makes friends with Hong and Sancho, two credulous proletarians in pursuit of happiness. For Julian, it’s getting more and more difficult to act the communist filmmaker. And what’s more, a hot-tempered model worker with American dreams gets in his way, a mute monk with magical powers and a screw loose shows up, the owner of the plantation accidentally gets killed, and an attempted revolution ends up in confusion. At this moment, however, the sparrows in the trees come up with an unexpected plan...

Julian Radlmaier was born in Nuremberg. After studies in Film Theory and Art History in Berlin and Paris, he was the personal assistant to Werner Schroeter and worked as a translator and editor of film-theoretical writings by the French philosopher Jacques Rancière. He has been studying Directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin since 2009. His films include: A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING EUROPE (2013), A PROLETARIAN WINTER'S TALE (2014), and SELF-CRITICISM OF A BOURGEOIS DOG (2017).
Genre Art, Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Julian Radlmaier
Screenplay Julian Radlmaier
Cinematography Markus Koob
Cast Deragh Campbell, Julian Radlmaier, Kyung-Taek Lie, Beniamin Forti
Producer Kirill Krasovski
Production Company Faktura Film, in co-production with Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 99 min
Format DCP, color
Original Version
 German, English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Rotterdam 2017, Berlinale 2017, Crossing Europe Linz 2017, Melbourne 2017, Wroclaw 2017, Rio de Janeiro 2017, Sevilla 2017, Kolkata 2019
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Nordmedia
German Distributor Grandfilm Verleih

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