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Selfcriticism of a Bourgeois Dog

Julian Radlmaier
Selbstkritik eines buergerlichen Hundes
Germany 2017 / 99’
subtitles: Polish and English
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The confession of a bourgeois dog, an unemployed, leftist hipster director about how revolutionary zeal, the torment of physical work, and unrequited love led him to transform into a quadruped (with a philosophical bent). Julian, ironically played by Radlmaier himself, falls unhappily in love with a friend. In order to win her favor, he resorts to one of the most hackneyed ways to pick up a woman and offers her a role in a film. To his amazement, it turns out that not only is she a leftist as well, but she is willing, in the name of revolutionary ideals, to go work with him on a state-funded farm. In fact, it would be difficult to imagine a better setting for a communist fairy tale, which is what Julian’s film is supposed to be. The only problem comes about when he meets the proletarians working on the farm. Radlmaier's grotesque comedy offers an ironic voice in the discussion about political art and its usefulness as a tool for social change. With visual references to Werner Schroeter's theatrical films and a nod to Rossellini and Italian neorealism.

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Julian Radlmaier

Julian Radlmaier (1984, Germany) studied Film and Art History in Berlin and Paris, and then worked as an assistant director for Werner Schroeter. He also edited and translated theoretical writings on film by the French philosopher Jacques Rancière. According to Radlmaier, the theatrical style that defines his films is an act of defiance against established stylistic norms. He also says that young German filmmakers are "fiercely" against the idea of film as language, which is mainly "to hide the stupidity of the mainstream".


2010 The Tramp (short)

2011 Der Aufstand der Plebejer (short)

2013 Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa (short)

2014 Ein proletarisches Wintermärchen 

2017 Samokrytyka burżuazyjnego psa / Selbstkritik eines buergerlichen Hundes / Selfcriticism of a bourgeois dog

Cast & Crew

director Julian Radlmaier
screenplay Julian Radlmaier
cinematography Markus Koob
editing Julian Radlmaier
sound Christian Obermaier, Tobias Bilz
cast Deragh Campbell, Julian Radlmaier, Beniamin Forti, Kyung-Taek Lie
producer Kirill Krasovski
production Faktura Film
sales Faktura Film
language German, English
colouration colour