Special 30th : Exquisite Corpse

The Rose King

Der Rosenkönig

1984
France / Portugal / RFA
1h43
Fiction
Col.

A film chosen by Yann Gonzalez

Anna, in her mid-forties, owns a rose farm. Her son Albert was born out of her relationship with an Arab. Now twenty-five, Alberts real interest is the grafting and refinement of roses. He loves Arnold, a twenty-year-old Italian. Yet he does not love him like one loves a person but like he loves his rose bushes and his daydreams: as object and as a part of himself. Unable to break free of his spell, Albert continues in his ritual.

Cast
Magdalena Montezuma, Mostefa Djadjam, Antonio Orlando, Karina Fallenstein, Sintra, Montijo
Screenplay
Werner Schroeter, Magdalena Montezuma, d'après "Le Corbeau" d'Edgar Allan Poe
Photography
Elfi Mikesch, Wolfgang Pilgrim
Sound
Vasco Pimentel, Joaquim Pinto
Music
Vangelis, Otto Ackermann, Leonard Bernstein, Colin Davis, Werner Schroeter, Arturo Toscanini
Art direction
Isabel Branco, Rita Azevedo Gomes
Editing
Juliane Lorenz
Production
Werner Schroeter Filmproduktion, Juliane Lorenz Filmproduktion, Futra Film

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