HEINRICH PENTHESILEA VON KLEIST
(Heinrich Penthesilea von Kleist)
After the tragedy "Penthesilea" by Heinrich von Kleist
The film interweaves three layers: the centre is Kleist's play "Penthesilea". Like from a distance Kleist observes the relationship beween man and woman, when he transfers into mythical Greece what in his time became a problem for him in Prussia - and remains to be a problem also for us. The director's associations during the work form the second layer. Reality and fantasy blend to an imaginary biography of Kleist, the third layer. At the end of the film Kleist is identical with his title character Penthesilesa.
Kleist and Penthesilea, author and figure, are the mysterious subjects the director in the film sets out to explore.
Neuenfels portrays himself as searching for clues.
Awards and Festivals
- Internationales Münchner Filmfest
- IFF Stockholm