Proletarian Winters Tale

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Proletarian Winters Tale (Proletarisches Wintermarchen Ein)

Directed by Julian Radlmaier

  • Germany 2014; 63 min
  • Original version: German, Georgian
  • Genre: Drama

  • IFF Rotterdam

Synopsis

Three young Georgians have to clean a castle in Berlin, where a German armament manufacturer’s collection of contemporary art is being set up for an exhibition. Of course, the proletariat isn’t welcome at the opening party and the three protagonists are banished to a small servants’ room in the attic. Downstairs, however, a splendid buffet attracts them – so why not just ignore the unfair prohibition and cross the demarcation line of class society? Didn’t the French Revolution start for a piece of cake, anyway? Telling each other unlikely stories ranging from an adventure of Saint Francis to a spiritualistic séance in the Soviet Union, the three protagonists try to find an answer to this question: Can class relations be overcome, when all bequeathed stories say they can’t? Besides that, they have to struggle with obstinate clouds, neo-liberal working conditions, apocalyptic petty bourgeois and the agents of a confusing late capitalist conspiracy, which they’ll all defeat with a laziness one must call messianic. A proletarian winter’s tale, so to speak.

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