One of two EXBlicks this month, Aron Lehmann’s “Kohlhaas” screens Mon, September 9 at Lichtblick Kino.
Make-believe is everything in Berlin-based director Aron Lehmann’s Kohlhaas oder die Verhältnismäßigkeit der Mittel: one of two EXBlicks screenings this month (presented in collaboration with Berlin-based indie streaming portal realeyz.tv), and a genial antidote to des Pallières’ current big-action adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s novella (coming out September 12) – as well as Schlöndorff’s politicized 1968 take on the same material.
What starts out touting a ‘making-of’ label about a film on the justice-obsessed protagonist quickly departs from its docustyle premise when it becomes clear that the producers have quit and pulled the funding, leaving the film-within-the-film’s director (also named Lehmann) on his own.
Cows stand in for horses, weaponry goes virtual and Lehmann’s own bow is stretched to breaking as he succeeds in inspiring his cast to a cathartic release of primal energy.
The director will be present for a Q&A after the screening, so don’t miss out on that or the complementary wine.
EXBLICKS: KOHLHAAS, German with English subtitles, Mon, Sep 9, 20:30 | Lichtblick Kino, Kastanienallee 77, Prenzlauer Berg, U-Bhf Senefelderplatz
Originally published in Issue #119, September 2013.