The legendary writer and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé is leading a lonely existence in Göttingen 1933 threatened by the Nazi regime. When German philologist Ernst Pfeiffer enters her life, she begins to write her memoirs with him. Born 1861 in St. Petersburg she vows never to fall in love and to pursue intellectual perfection. She meets Paul Rée and Friedrich Nietzsche and against all conventions of time, Lou and Rée live and study together in Berlin. Lou attains her goal of an intellectual and free spirited life, but when she meets the young and still unknown writer Rainer Maria Rilke she falls in love. After they break up she has numerous affairs. Lou begins to attend Sigmund Freud’s lectures, becomes a well-esteemed psychoanalyst and finally recognizes the trauma of her youth.

  • Director

    Cordula Kablitz-Post

  • Version

    German (OV)
    with English subtitles

  • Produced by

    Cordula Kablitz- Post, Helge Sasse, Gabriele Kranzelbinder

  • Cast

    Nicole Heesters, Katharina Lorenz, Liv Lisa Fries, Julius Feldmeier, Merab Ninidze, Alexander Scheer, Katharina Schüttler

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  • Running Time

    113 min.

  • Release

    June 30, 2016

  • Festivals

    Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney 2016 | Shanghai International Film Festival 2016 | Festival des deutschen Films Paris 2016 | Festival des deutschen Films China 2016 | German Film Fest Australia | Tbilisi Film Festival 2016 | Berlin & Beyond Filmfestival San Francisco 2017 | Jewish Film and Cultural Festival of Lisbon 2017 | Cleveland Int’l Film Festival 2017 | Seoul International Agape FF 2017 | German Language Film Fest in Ottawa 2017 | Semaine du Cinéma Allemand de Dinard 2017 | Socially Relevant Filmfestival New York | Palace of the Arts (Hungary) | Oxford IFF

  • Awards

    Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney - Audience Award | Semaine du Cinéma Allemand de Dinard 2017 - Le Bretzel d’Or | Socially Relevant Filmfestival New York - Grand Prize Narrative Feature

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  • Status


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