One of the most engrossing films of this year’s Berlin Film Festival and New York Film Festival was by a young German director. Based on a true story, The Robber focuses on a Viennese man who is hooked on pushing his body and his luck to the limit. As a successful marathon runner and a serial bank robber, he carefully measures his body’s ability in competition while planning the adrenaline heightened thrill of his crime spree. Heisenberg perfectly captures a man who must remain constantly in motion—a man always on the run. “Heisenberg’s sleek and intelligent genre exercise is at once an action thriller, a love story, a character study, and an existential parable”—The New York Film Festival. A discussion of the film with the director, Rembert Hueser (University of Minnesota) and Winfried Pauleit (University of Bremen, Germany) follows the screening. 2010, 35mm, in German with English subtitles, 96 minutes.
This screening is co-presented by the Center for German & European Studies Research Collaborative “National Branding in European Cinema” at the University of Minnesota.