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Los Feliz 3 | Pre-recorded introduction and Q&A with filmmaker Jörg Buttgereit. Live introduction by film editor, producer and sound designer Josh Ethier.
‘Bleak Week: Cinema of Despair – Year Two’
Home / Now Showing / DER TODESKING
In German with English subtitles
As a chain letter from the self-proclaimed Brotherhood of the Seventh Day circulates, encouraging its recipients to end their lives, a series of grim vignettes unfold. In one, a young woman massacres a room of concertgoers before turning the gun on herself; in another, a man, wracked by some unspecified mental torment, repeatedly slams his head into a wall before collapsing in a pool of his own blood. These are just some of the depictions of death and despair that make up the tortured fabric of DER TODESKING. Regarded by many as the most accomplished work from director Jörg Buttgereit (NEKROMANTIK), DER TODESKING is an existential masterpiece—a powerfully haunting howl of rage from one of the genre’s most underrated filmmakers.
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