The Robber

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The Robber




Benjamin Heisenberg




35 mm


97 min


  • INTÉRPRETES: Andreas Lust, Franziska Weisz, Markus Schleinzer


  • GUIÓN: Benjamin Heisenberg, Martin Prinz
  • FOTOGRAFÍA: Reinhold Vorschneider
  • MONTAJE: Andrea Wagner, Benjamin Heisenberg
  • PRODUCCIÓN: Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter


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Original Title: Der Räuber

A revelation from the last Berlin Festival, this example of the newest German cinema –although its a story takes place in Vienna– is a film that’s in constant movement. Remaining true to its main character, a runner who’s also a criminal –or a convict who made really good use of the gym–, Benjamin Heisenberg turns travelling shots into his divine mission: his camera follows Johann (Andreas Lust) as he runs through corridors, roofs, streets, and cross-country in a breathless race towards invisibility. The runner/thief shies away from commitment, dodges favors, and seems determined to challenge a society that does everything in its power to include him. Based on a real life character, Heisenberg’s Johann is an obsessive man, a Captain Ahab of his own suffering who runs in order to flee from an inevitable fate that closes in and which he seems to have accepted from the very first minutes of the film. Even so, we like him, and we want him to be safe. With all of his coldness, he’s still a hero, even if here that role is distilled from any moral connotation: his physical and mathematical essence is all that is left.

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