Romuald Karmakar's work in the fields of fiction and documentary holds a unique place in European film. It also stands in clear opposition to the dominant ways of the German film industry - both aesthetically and in its head-on treatment of several sore spots in German history. Time and again the 45-year-old director has engaged with "impossible" characters and "borderline" subjects: mercenaries, a notorious Nazi speech, the terror of being in a relationship, an imprisoned serial killer, or what it means to truly experience electronic and techno music. The book presents Karmakar's work in its entirety for the first time. It includes a 130-page essay by Olaf Möller, several conversations with the artist, an annotated filmography, and selected writings by Romuald Karmakar, including a number of unproduced treatments.
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Olaf Möller (* 1971), based in Cologne/Germany, is an independent film expert, author, curator and European editor of Film Comment. His books include other works in this series, on John Cook, Michael Pilz, and Dominik Graf.
Michael Omasta (* 1964) is a film historian and the film editor for the Austrian weekly Falter. He has (co-)edited several books, on Peter Lorre, Carl Mayer, Claire Denis, Film Noir, and Alexander Hammid, among others.
Olaf Möller's knowledge about Karmarkar is vast, and each page here is proof of a striking conversation between a critic and a filmmaker. (TAZ – Die Tageszeitung)
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