Fassbinder – to Love Without Demands

Not available for screening anymore

  1. Extra

    Fassbinder – to Love Without Demands

    Fassbinder – lieben ohne zu fordern

    Directed by



    109 min

    • German


    Rainer Werner Fassbinder was probably Germany’s most significant post-war director. His swift and dramatic demise at the early age of 37 in 1982 left behind a vacuum in European filmmaking that has yet to be filled, as well as a body of unique, multi-layered and multifarious work of astonishing consistency and rigour. From 1969 onwards, Danish director and film historian Christian Braad Thomsen maintained a close yet respectfully distanced friendship with Fassbinder. Fassbinder – Lieben ohne zu fordern is based on his personal memories as well as a series of conversations and interviews he held with Fassbinder and his mother Lilo in the 1970s. The film also contains current interviews with Irm Hermann and Harry Baer, both of whom were close to Fassbinder. Beginning with Fassbinder’s extraordinary childhood in traumatised post-war Germany, the film, which is divided into seven chapters, provides an illuminating, intimate and moving tribute that bears witness to the enduring relevance of both the man and his work. Today in particular his oeuvre continues to provoke us to engage with controversy and tension – be it aesthetical, creative or critical.



    Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    Irm Hermann
    Harry Baer
    Andrea Schober
    Lilo Pempeit
    Margit Carstensen
    Christian Braad Thomsen
    Peer Raben


    Christian Braad Thomsen makes manifest in the most clear-eyed, intelligent and witty manner, [that Fassbinder] is a fascination that is not misplaced.

    Jessica Kiang, Indiewire

    It's more of a thematic and psychological profile, but one that does a good job explaining what made the man tick.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Remarkable not only in the way it balances film criticism with personal remembrances, but for the way Thomsen exudes love for Fassbinder even while acknowledging his complex, flawed humanity.

    Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine

    Intimate, revealing.

    Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

    An intimate, honest and multifaceted portrait.

    Mark Wilshin, Dog and Wolf

    Christian Braad Thomsen

    Christian Braad Thomsen


    Born in 1940, he made his debut at the Venice Film Festival in 1972 with DEAR IRENE. Alongside feature films he has also directed documentaries about Karen Blixen, amongst others, and has written numerous books about film history greats such as Hitchcock, Pasolini and Godard. In 1984 his LADIES ON THE ROCK received a special screening in the Berlinale Competition. His film THE BLUE MONK won the Carl Th. Dreyer Prize in Copenhagen in 1999.