Jesus – Der Film

Jesus – The Film
From the annunciation to the ascension, this black-and-white biopic takes a strictly chronological approach to the “greatest story ever told”. Yet in the best silent-film tradition, it distorts reality with effusive and expressionist devices. Even in the womb, the baby Jesus is already a beanpole; the holy family is rife with internal strife; Satan is a debaucher who uses sex, drugs and rock-and-roll as temptations, and Maria Magdalena is a crusty hussy… Premiering in the Berlinale’s Forum section in 1986, this cinematic burlesque was the first in the long line of biblical movies around the world to be filmed in Super 8. The “monumental film about the life and suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ” compiles 35 episodes from the New Testament in retellings or entirely new interpretations by 22 filmmakers, whether individuals or collectives, from East and West. The uniting element is the title character, embodied by the film’s initiator and coordinator, director Michael Brynntrup, who moved from Catholic Münster to West Berlin in 1982. Like most of the people involved in the film, he was a member of the active subculture in then West Berlin’s queer, punk and avant-garde scene.
by Michael Brynntrup
with Michael Brynntrup, Panterah Countess, Michael Wehmeyer, Birgit und Wilhelm Hein, Oliver Körner von Gustorff
Federal Republic of Germany 1986 German, Subtitles: English 128' Black/White & Colour


  • Michael Brynntrup
  • Panterah Countess
  • Michael Wehmeyer
  • Birgit und Wilhelm Hein
  • Oliver Körner von Gustorff
  • Jörg Buttgereit
  • Uli Versum
  • Dietrich Kuhlbrodt
  • Ades Zabel
  • Doris Kuhn
  • Stiletto


DirectorMichael Brynntrup
ScreenplayMichael Brynntrup
EditingMichael Brynntrup

Additional information

Episodes from: Anarchistische GummiZelle, Jörg Buttgereit, Die Tödliche Doris (Chris Dreier), Birgit und Wilhelm Hein, Frontkino (Konrad Kaufmann), Intershop Gemeinschaft Wiggert, Almut Iser, Dietrich Kuhlbrodt, Georg Ladanyi, Merve-Verlag, Giovanni Mimmo, Padeluun, Robert Paris und Andreas Hentschel, Schmelzdahin, Sputnik-Kino (Michael Wehmeyer), Stiletto, Teufelsberg Produktion (Die 2.), Lisan Tibodo, VEB Brigade Zeitgewinn, Werkstattkino München (Doris Kuhn), Andreas Wildfang, Michael Brynntrup

DCP: Deutsche Kinemathek


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