• Mondo Lux - The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter

  • Mondo Lux - The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter

  • Mondo Lux - The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter

Mondo Lux - The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter

a film by Elfi Mikesch

Mondo Lux - The Visual Worlds of Werner Schroeter

Germany | 2011 | 97:00 min

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Biography / Portrait History Arts

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Werner Schroeter was one of the most significant proponents of New German Cinema. Schroeter was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. At the time, he was working for the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf gallery on a musical piece entitled ‘Schönheit der Schatten’ (The Beauty of Shadows) based on the works of Robert Schumann and Heinrich Heine. For Schroeter, oscillating between hope and trepidation, it marked the beginning of a race against time. In her film, Elfi Mikesch, who photographed a number of Schroeter’s films and who collaborated closely with him to create his vision, provides us with an intimate insight into Schroeter’s artistic output during the remaining four years of his life.
MONDO LUX portrays Schroeter full of creative energy and enthusiasm for the cinema, theatre and photography. We observe him at rehearsals for ‘Antigone/Elektra’; preparing the photographic exhibition ‘Autrefois & Toujours’ and working intensively on the dubbed version of his last film,
DIESE NACHT, which was shot in Portugal in 2008.

Copious excerpts from Schroeter’s films, ranging from EIKA KATAPPA (1969) to DIESE NACHT (2009), reflect the colourful spectrum of his oeuvre, inscribed in a retrospective view that is pervaded by music. The film also illuminates biographical connections and enshrines the passionate bond that Schroeter felt towards film, opera and theatre, but also towards his friends, the people with whom he lived and worked. Schroeter was an artist propelled by Eros and by passion, a man who felt
the proximity of both beauty and death. MONDO LUX constitutes an intimate space - a space in which, in view of the time the protagonist has left to live, every day becomes quite unlike any other. Werner Schroeter died on 12 April, 2010.

With Werner Schroeter, Anne Ratte-Polle, Almut Zilcher, Pascale Schiller, Doerte Lyssewski, Isabelle Huppert, Rosa von Praunheim, Wim Wenders, Peter Kern, Ingrid Caven.

61 Berlinale PANORAMA world premiere
Best Cinematography - Elfi Mikesch - DIAGONALE Austria,
35 Duisburger Filmwoche 35
Telluride Film Festival
Rio de Janeiro Int`l Film Festival
Chéries-Chéris - Paris Gay Lesbian Trans Film Festival
40th Montreal International Festival du nouveau cinéma
LEFF - Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival
Florence Queer Festival
Moma New York - Werner Schroeter Retrospektive
Cast and Crew
  • Director Elfi Mikesch
  • Producer Frieder Schlaich
  • Director of Photography Elfi Mikesch
  • Actor Wolf Wondratschek, Ingrid Caven, Peter Kern, Werner Schroeter, Wim Wenders, Rosa von Praunheim, Isabelle Huppert
  • Sound Design Lilly Grote
Original Languages


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