Tough Love

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    Tough Love


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    89 min

    • German


    When karate champ Andreas Marquardt thinks about himself he feels nothing but bitterness: ‘I refused to feel anything. I was cold, like a block of ice, I couldn’t give a shit about anything.’ When he was two years old, his father poured water over him and put him outside on the balcony in sub-zero temperatures. Another time he crushed his hand. When he was six, his mother began to seduce him: ‘Your prick belongs to me, my little friend.’ Later, Andreas became a pimp and earned millions – until he wound up behind bars. Lovely Marion was the only one who stood by him, who went on the game for him, and gave him the courage to go on … Interspersing interviews with dramatized scenes from Andreas Marquardt’s biography, Rosa von Praunheim describes a life that veers from fear and humiliation to contempt, hatred and brutality. Filmed in stylised sets replete with photographic wallpaper that recall West Berlin décor at the time, the film provides a shocking insight into the deep wounds caused by domestic violence and one man's desperate attempts at resistance. Is it possible to break out of such a vicious circle? And how does Andreas Marquardt cope with these experiences today?


    • 3rd Place Panorama Audience Award for Fiction Film



    Hanno Koffler
    Andreas Marquardt
    Luise Heyer
    Marion Erdmann
    Katy Karrenbauer
    Rüdiger Götze
    Ilse Amberger Bendin
    Nicolas Woche
    Jürgen Lemke
    Rosa von Praunheim
    Nicolai Zörn
    Elfi Mikesch
    Rosa von Praunheim
    Andreas Wolter


    After years as an enfant terrible, perhaps Rosa von Praunheim’s most subversive quality is his refusal to pass judgment.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Tough Love ultimately works as a portrait of a man who was able to channel his rage into a highly lucrative, if highly questionable, existence.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    It uses both the power of documentary... and drama to knit together a survivor's tale.

    Mark Wilshin, Dog and Wolf

    Rosa von Praunheim

    Rosa von Praunheim


    Rosa von Praunheim is a director born on the 25th of November 1942 in Riga, Latvia.
    He studied painting at Offenbach College of Commercial Art and Berlin’s College of Arts.
    In 1967, he published a book, “Männer, Rauschgift und der Tod” (Men, Narcotics and Death), and made his first short films.
    He was Gregory J. Markopoulos’ assistant director in 1968 before making a breakthrough as a director in his own right in 1971 with DIE BETTWURST and NICHT DER HOMOSEXUELLE IST PERVERS, SONDERN DIE SITUATION IN DER ER LEBT (IT'S NOT THE HOMOSEXUAL WHO IS PERVERSE, BUT THE SITUATION IN WHICH HE LIVES).
    He has been professor of directing at the HFF “Konrad Wolf ” in Potsdam- Babelsberg since 2000.

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