EGOMANIA - ISLAND WITHOUT HOPE (Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung) Christoph Schlingensief, D 1986, 83 min
Dr. Faustus in eternal ice
"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
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...
Awards and Festivals
- Hofer Filmtage 1986
- Berlinale 1987, Internationales Forum des Jungen Films