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