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Darkroom - Tödliche Tropfen

Germany, German, 89 mins

  • Director: Rosa von Praunheim
  • Writer: Rosa von Praunheim; Uta Eisenhardt
  • Producer: Rosa von Praunheim; Saarl*ndischer Rundfunk; Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg; Arte

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In Darkroom, cult director Rosa von Praunheim focuses on a true crime story that occurred in Germany recently, and the result is one of his most thrilling films. Lars, a male nurse from Saarbrücken, moves to Berlin with his lover, Roland. They begin to renovate an apartment and their happiness seems almost complete. What Roland doesn’t know is that, while secretly checking out Berlin’s night life, Lars is also experimenting with a deadly poison...

In a career reaching back to the 1970s, Rosa von Praunheim, real name Holger Mischwitzky (he took the name “Rosa” in allusion to the pink triangle that homosexuals were made to wear in concentration camps), is one of Germany’s best-known and most prolific film-makers. Outstanding among his 100+ films, the celebrated It is Not the Homosexual who is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives helped to launch the gay movement in Germany. While, of course, featuring Praunheim’s trademark (and delicious!) touches of kitsch, Darkroom also surprises with its subtlety and depth. Has our most mischievous German film director finally begun to grow up?


Cast & Characters

Katy Karrenbauer as Staatsanwältin
Janina Elkin as Pflegerin
Oliver Sechting as Barkeeper Darkroom
Ulf Peter Schmitt as Verteidiger
Bardo Böhlefeld as Bastian
Maksim Djadjov as Lars (Kind)
Lucas Rennebach as Manuel
Ralf Schlegel as Pfarrer
Marina Erdmann as Bastians Mutter
Christiane Ziehl as Großmutter
Heiner Bomhard as Roland
Malte Kalweit as Junge im Park
Bozidar Kocevski as Lars
Christian Dieterle as Richter
Thomas Linz as Tony

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