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Ein proletarisches Wintermärchen

A Proletarian Winter's Tale


Julian Radlmaier


Three young Georgians have to clean a castle in Berlin, where a German armament manufacturer’s collection of contemporary art is being set-up for an exhibition. Of course, the proletariat isn’t welcome at the opening party and the three protagonists are banished to a small servants’ room in the attic. Downstairs, however, a splendid buffet attracts them – so why not just ignore the unfair prohibition and cross the demarcation line of class society? Didn’t the French Revolution start for a piece of cake, anyway?


Telling each other unlikely stories ranging from an adventure of Saint Francis to a spiritualistic seance in the Soviet Union, the three protagonists try to find an answer to this question: Can class relations be overcome, when all bequeathed stories say they can’t?


Besides that, they have to struggle with obstinate clouds, neo-liberal working conditions, apocalyptic petty bourgeois and the agents of a confusing late capitalist conspiracy, which they’ll all defeat with a laziness one must call messianic. A proletarian winter’s tale, so to speak.


Natia Bakthadze, Sandro Koberidze, Ilia Korkashvili, Lars Rudolph, Katja Weilandt, Willem Menne, Christoph Förster


Script: Julian Radlmaier; Photographer: Markus Koob; Editor: Julian Radlmaier; Sound: Stephan Franz, Benjamin Kalisch, Tom Dittrich; Costume: Maya Winter, Stephanie Traut


IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam, Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival, Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival

Director's Filmography

- Bloodsuckers - A Marxist Vampire Comedy, 2021

- Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog, 2017

- A Proletarian Winter's Tale, 2014

- A Spectre Is Haunting Europe, 2013

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