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Egomania - Island without Hope

EGOMANIA - ISLAND WITHOUT HOPE (Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung) Christoph Schlingensief, D 1986, 83 min

Dr. Faustus in eternal ice

There's not going to be a different end of the world: relentless fights full of hate and love for incest and wealth. Udo Kier as the devil's aunt and Tilda Swinton as Brünhilde. A young couple trapped in eternal ice, bound to each other in tender love, threatened by everyone. 
A desolate island in the baltic sea is governed by the creepy vampire-like baron Aunt Devil. Where peace and love shaped the lives of the islanders, now hopelessness and discord rule. When suddenly a true love threatens the tristesse of his island, the baron cracks up ...

Schlingensief about meeting Udo Kier

"Suddenly, someone grabs my hand and says, “I’m Udo Kier.”
And I didn’t know who he was at first, I must confess. All I knew was I recognized his face from somewhere. I probably knew him from Andy Warhol’s “Dracula” but when I heard the name I really didn’t know who on earth he was. “I saw your film [Menu Total]. I killed myself laughing.” And I was so pleased that I had finally met someone who said that he killed himself laughing over my film. “The faces were so distorted and I thought the stuff they were saying was hilarious. Would you like to join me?”
And so Tilda and I sat down next to him and on that evening we decided that we would make a film together and we drew up a contract on a napkin: “We will make a film.” We planned to start shooting three weeks later."

                         -Christoph Schlingensief, Christoph Schlingensief and His Films

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Press Coverage

As ever, Schlingensief is out to tramp new cinematic ground with EGOMANIA, showering his audience with an experimental onslaught of pictures. sounds and colour-compositions. (International Independent Tyneside Film Festival, 12.10.1987)

If you want to despair in this world. then don't do it with insulfed arrogance, rather try it with Werner Schröter, Herbert Achternbusch, or, at least, with Christoph Schlingensief. (unknown author, 1987) read more...

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