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Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes

Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog

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A bourgeois greyhound confesses how he turned from an ambitious but little-recognised filmmaker into a canine. When his latest project is rejected by every single funding institution, Julian is forced to take on a job as a fruit picker. When he makes a young Canadian woman named Camille believe that this is research for a communist fairytale film in which she is to play the leading role, she wants to come along, which kindles romantic notions in Julian. The pair winds up on an ostensibly idyllic but in reality deeply exploitative apple farm. Whilst Julian has a hard time coping with the physical strain, Camille throws herself enthusiastically into their supposed research and befriends Hong and Sancho, two naïve proletarians in search of happiness. Julian finds it increasingly difficult to play the communist filmmaker, then a model worker who dreams the American dream gets in his way, not to mention an unhinged monk with magical powers. With all these seething conflicts going on it’s no surprise that the farm owner is accidentally killed. In the end the entire orchard is buzzing with an outrageous plan.

Julian Radlmaier

Germany 2017

German, English

99’ · Colour


Julian Radlmaier (Julian)
Deragh Campbell (Camille)
Kyung-Taek Lie (Hong)
Beniamin Forti (Sancho)
Ilia Korkashvili (Monk)
Bruno Derksen (Bruno)
Anton Gonopolski (Anton)
Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg (Elfriede Gottfried)
Mex Schlüpfer (Farmer)
Natia Bakhtadze (Natia)


Written and directed by
Julian Radlmaier
Markus Koob
Julian Radlmaier
Sound Design
Christian Obermaier, Tobias Bilz
Kai Ziarkowski
Sound Mixing
Silvio Naumann
Matilda Mester
Production Design
Merle Vorwald
Sara Wendt, Natia Bakhtadze
Assistant Director
Jan Bachmann, Naemi Buechtemann
Production Management
Hanna Cramer
Kirill Krasovskiy
Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Berlin
rbb, Berlin


Julian Radlmaier

Born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1984, he studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). He has worked as a PA for Werner Schroeter and translated and published a series of film criticism texts by French philosopher Jacques Rancière. His short Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa (A spectre is haunting Europe) won the 2013 German Film Critics' Award for best experimental film. His feature film Ein proletarisches Wintermärchen (A proletarian winter's tale) screened at festivals including in Rotterdam and Vienna and won awards in Mexico and Brazil. Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes (Self-criticism of a Bourgeois Dog) is his graduation film.


2013 Ein Gespenst geht um in Europa (A spectre is haunting Europe) 2014 Ein proletarisches Wintermärchen (A proletarian winter's tale) 2017 Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen Hundes (Self-criticsim of a Bourgeois Dog)

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