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Egomania – Island without Hope

GER 1986, 84 min

Dr. Faustus in eternal ice: 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.

Synopsis

A desolate island in the baltic sea is governed by the creepy vampire-like baron Aunt Devil. Where once 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 … A torrent of desire, intrigue and murder ensues.

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Language: German, Subtitles: English

Press reviews

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. (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. The young filmer from Oberhausen became the apocalyptican of the German movie scene. EGOMANIA – INSEL OHNE HOFFNUNG, which was shown on the Berlin Filmfestival 1987, is his latest film. Just like in MENU TOTAL he runs wild with an unscrupulous way of celebrating his phantasies of torture and destruction. But step by step he learns to bring them into an artistic order and to bring mythological contrasts into the chaos, so the audience gets a hint of logical consistency. Beneath the wild surface of the film, which is dominated by “devil” Udo Kier and Tilda Swinton (CARAVAGGIO), a theme of Dracula/ Nosferatu and an underlying dramatic conflict between father and son emerge. And also you get a feeling of Pendereckis “Auschwitz Oratorium” through the noise, the screeming and the laughter of hell. Whoever is overcome by a desire for clearing up the world: Christoph Schlingensief gives the prescription. (epd film, 1987)

 

Awards and Festivals

- Internationale Hofer Filmtage 2003
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2004

Credits

Director and Screenplay
Christoph Schlingensief
With
Udo Kier, Tilda Swinton, Uwe Fellensiek, Anna Fechter, Anastasia Kudelka, Volker Bertzky, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Wolfgang Schulte, Ark Boysen, Melf Boysen, Werner Funke, Christopher Krieg (Christoph Schlingensief)
Assistant Director
Beatrice Hasler
Director of Photography
Dominikus Probst
Assistant Camera
Kim Koch
Editor
Thekla von Mülheim
Assistant Editor
Beatrice Hasler
Music
Tom Dokupil, Christoph Schlingensief, Helge Schneider, Ella Johnson
Sound
Alf Olbrisch
Costume Design
Anna Fechter
Film Laboratory
Atlantik Hamburg
Filmmaterial
Agfa-Gevaert
Titel and Poster
Uli Hanisch
Production Manager
Wolfgang Schulte
Assistant Producer
Frank Rehberg, Ariane Traub
Producer
Christoph Schlingensief, Wolfgang Schulte
Produced by
DEM Film
Theatrical Release
20.5.1987

 

DVD-Details

Restored film, 2K scan, original theatrical version
Extras
Interview with Christoph Schlingensief (2004, 6 min), 16mm-Outtakes (1986, 18 min), Schlingensief-Filmtrailer – All extras without subtitles
Language
German
Subtitles
English
Country Code
Code-free
System
PAL / Colour
Length
83 min (25 fps) + 24 min Extras
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
DD 2.0
Set-Content
Softbox (Set Content: 1), 24-page booklet with photos and script excerpts
Release date
26.10.2018
Rating
From 16 years

Distribution Details

Screening Format
DCP (2K, 24 fps, 5.1)
Blu-ray Disc
16mm (Mono, contact Deutsche Kinemathek)
Aspect Ratio
16mm, 1:1,38
Language
German
Subtitles
English (DCP, BD)
Promotion Material
A1 poster (rent only)
License Area
Worldwide
Rating
From 16 years