Wer ist Helene Schwarz?

Wer ist Helene Schwarz?

Deutschland 2002-2005, Dokumentarfilm

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Who is Helene Schwarz?

Who is Helene Schwarz? Only the chosen few know this woman who started working as a secretary for the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) on 13 February, 1966 and who today, at the age of 78, still acts as counsellor and muse to many people.


The path of Helen’s career is paved with famous names – including that of Wolfgang Petersen, Holger Meins (who later became a member of the Red Army Faction) as well as directors Wolfgang Becker, Detlev Buck and Christian Petzold. All have fond memories of forgetting their troubles after having poured their hearts out over a cup of coffee in Helene’s office – for Helene was both friend and advisor to countless film students.

What makes Helene so special is her warmth, which never fails to cast a spell over anyone who meets her – including myself. Although my own film school application was turned down at the end of the 1960s (along with that of Werner Schroeter and Rainer Werner Fassbinder), I nevertheless remained loyal to Helene. I have even been accepted into her illustrious skat club, where Helene never fails to astound me with her amazing memory and her vast treasury of anecdotes, as well as all the latest film industry gossip.

My film does not only tell the film school’s story, it also focuses on Helene’s own rich biography: how she grew up in Berlin in extreme poverty, how her father was thrown into jail by the Nazis and how she found love and marriage as the bombs rained down.

Now, at 78, she sets off on a daily basis for the Sony Center where the DFFB now resides. Content that she is still able to lead an active existence, Helene’s positive approach to life is utterly infectious.

Rosa von Praunheim

Source: 55. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

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Director:Rosa von Praunheim
Screenplay:Rosa von Praunheim
Director of photography:Lorenz Haarmann
Editing:Mike Shephard
Video editing:Oskar Kammerer (Online-Schnitt)
Sound:Lilly Grote
Participation:Helene Schwarz, Reinhard Hauff, Michael Ballhaus, Gerd Conradt, Thomas Giefer, Peter Lilienthal, Helke Sander, Harun Farocki, Claudia Karohs, Hans-Otto Krüger, Hans Helmut Prinzler, Wolfgang Becker, Helga Reidemeister, Manfred Stelzer, Lilly Grote, Thomas Schadt, Wilma Pradetto, Detlev Buck, Drago Hari, Volker Schlöndorff, Christian Petzold, Tom Tykwer, Chris Kraus
Production company:Rosa von Praunheim Filmproduktion (Berlin)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)/Arte (Mainz)
Producer:Rosa von Praunheim
Producer (TV):Martin Pieper
Shoot:: Berlin
Length:85 min
Format:DigiBeta
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2005, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 19.02.2005, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Wer ist Helene Schwarz?

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Original

Length:85 min
Format:DigiBeta
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 13.02.2005, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 19.02.2005, Arte
 

Awards

IFF Berlin 2005
Berlinale-Kamera 2005
 

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