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Film info: The Sleeping Girl

Film Information

Original Title The Sleeping Girl
English Title The Sleeping Girl
Director Rainer Kirberg
Year 2011
Format Digibeta
Colour B&W
Duration 105 min
  • Jakob Diehl, Natalie Krane, Christoph Bach, Erwin Leder
  • Guión: Rainer Kirberg
  • Fotografía: Birgit Möller
  • Montaje: Ansgar Wacker
  • Producción: Rainer Kirberg, Töni Schifer, Caroline Kirberg, Jonas Knudsen, Stephan Geene


"Düsseldorf in the beginning of the 1970s. The young and introverted art student Hans meets Ruth, a youthful stray who lives in a city park. Fascinated by her, Hans makes Ruth the motif of his video art and accommodates her in his studio. As she quickly adapts to the art scene, Hans fears that she may slip away from his hands and so he locks her up. He believes he can study the girl’s mystery within the test laboratory of art. But in this experimental process, Hans inextricably confuses art and real life. Like the Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader, who died very young and is my historical model, Hans creates himself as an ironic melancholic, a sort of artist with Buster Keaton features who faces the adversities of real life with stoic patience, and consequently becomes the pawn in the game. Thus, Hans’s film is also a self-examination project, in which the difference between artistic figure and the real Hans sparks the dramatic action. "

Rainer Kirberg.

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