Egon Schiele—Death and the Maiden


Century Larkspur 2Sat, Oct 15, 2016 4:00 PM Not Available
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:109 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Dieter Berner
Producer:Franz Novotny
Alexander Glehr
Bady Minck
Screenwriter:Hilde Berger
Dieter Berner
Cinematographer:Carsten Thiele
Editor:Robert Hentschel
Cast:Noah Saavedra
Maresi Riegner
Valerie Pachner
Larissa Aimée Breidbach
Marie Jung
Elisabeth Umlauft
Print Source:Picture Tree International
Note Writer:Robert Avila


Although only 28 when he died in the influenza pandemic of 1918, Egon Schiele remains among the great figurative painters of the 20th century. Shiele’s disarming, erotically charged canvases rose to international prominence with support from his mentor and fellow Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, advancing aesthetic and social values for a new century. Director Dieter Berner’s novelesque biopic begins near the end of Shiele’s short life amid a Vienna shattered by the First World War, unfolding in flashbacks triggered by the memory of his devoted sister and model Gerti. What follows is an intimate, sensuous portrait that captures a passionately individual young man, haunted by the destructive insanity of his late father, but driven by artistic genius and erogenous attachment to a series of young muses. Shiele’s art thrives where he seeks freedom from convention and authority—near the edges of respectable society and at the brink of disaster and madness.

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Additional Information

Dieter Berner was born in Vienna in 1944. Following his studies at Max Reinhardt Seminar, he worked as a stage and film actor and director in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. He played the lead in Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent (1989) and co-wrote and directed various award-winning TV series. His first feature film Joint Venture (1994) premiered at Karlovy Vary. Since 2007, Dieter Berner has directed several film projects in cooperation with his students at the film academies in Babelsberg and Vienna.