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The Berlinale Podcast: For the love of Fassbinder

The Teddy Awards are on tonight, and among the honorees are Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who'll receive a posthumous Teddy. In our first podcast, we chat with Christian Braad Thomsen, the director of the new Fassbinder doco "To Love Without Demands".

The Teddy Awards are on tonight! Among the glitz, German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder will be awarded a posthumous honorary Teddy. In our first podcast, we chat with Christian Braad Thomsen, the director of the new Fassbinder doco, Fassbinder: Liebe ohne zu fordern (“To Love Without Demands”).

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who many consider the most important post-war German filmmaker is quite the character study. The renowned German director is heavily associated with the new wave of German cinema, and when he died suddenly at the young age of 37 in 1982, many considered it the end of the era. In 13 years, from the age of 24 until his death, Fassbinder directed over 60 feature films, working 20 hour days and being relentless in his pursuit of his art.

Now through never-before-seen interviews conducted by his friend and fellow director Christian Braad Thomsen in the 1970s we get a fascinating new look at this this complex character through Thomsen’s film Fassbinder: Liebe ohne zu fordern.

Christian Braad Thomsen opens up in our first podcast about his friendship with Fassbinder, his thoughts on the life of one of Germany’s most important cinematic figures, what fueled his manic creativity, and what he sees as his enduring legacy.