Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken?
The year before last, when I viewed the extensive research on the project collected by X- Filme, I was at first skeptical: The purely historical aspects of the project turned me off; it is difficult enough to create this dose intimacy between characters and story in a "costume film", and I consider this intimacy to be the most important element in movies.
However, the longer I was engaged in the project, the more clearly I was able to see the entirety of its meaning: The desperate rebellion of the youth against the world view of their parents, the actual incomprehension of this grown-up world, and at the same time this insecure and confused sense of the volatile, changing times between the two world wars.
But as well, the egocentricity of our heroes' worldview appeared modern to me, more accurately...even timeless. I suddenly had the feeling that perhaps the twenties were not so dissimilar to our own time, at least as far as the lack of orientation and the radical changing of social values. Therefore, at one point the story became fascinating to me, and to Hendrik as well...and we began to write. We wanted to attempt zo breathe life into these characters without blocking our historical view.
In the summer of 2002 shooting began, and in my memory it rained forever, there being perhaps a total of 4 sunny days. Nevertheless the project became a very nice collaboration; there was a very special atmosphere on the set, a sense of familiarity among the team, with a common goal connecting everyone. Now, finally, with the film finished, everybody must go their own way.
I believe that it became a movie about love, love portrayed through its most contrasting distinctions. Paul loves Hilde, and he loves his thoughts about love. Hilde plays with everybody, but if she does love anybody, it's Hans. Hilde's brother Guenther also loves this Hans, and life...and Hans loves himself...and Elli loves Paul. It's all terribly complicated yet stunningly simple, but it is somehow always so, as it was in my own youth. At the beginning of the film the heroes step out of their normal world and dive into the summer humidity of a stately garden. This garden and the house it belongs to create an almost unreal place out of time — it's a magical place, a paradise. It's Guenther's territory and he sets the rules. Far away from the triviality of normal life and adults, the three, and later all five, can really "taste" life. Everything and anything seems to be possible. With a huge party they celebrate themselves and their youth. But what begins in such a promising way ends in a total chaos of confused emotions as they are all pulled into the "vortex of the heart", with all their thoughts and dreams leading to the terrible consequences of the next day...
If a movie-goer identifies himself with one or another of these heroes; if one can remember his own first love, his own parties, the romantic view of the world so convincing in its absolute faultlessness; if one lives to again feel this indulgent want again, the dire immediacy of those moments, the tormented condition and the magic and the beauty and the pain...if this film creates that result, I would be happy and the movie will have reached its goal.
lt is a true story.
Highly praised was Borrie's impressive feature film "England! " (Egoli Tossell Film AG, 2000), which also was his graduation film project at the Academy. "England! " ran successfully at numerous festivals and was accorded 15 international awards, including two at the German Film Critic 2000 (Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography for Jutta Pohlmann) and various international Audience Awards. Just recently, the German Labor Union ver.di awarded him the Directing Award 2003 (formerly the D.A.G. TV Award in Gold). Together with Hendrik Handloegten, Achim von Borries also worked on the screenplay for "Good Bye, Lenin!"
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Achim von Borries
Written by: Achim von Borries, Hendrik Handloegten
Produced by: Stefan Arndt, Christophe Mazodier, Manuela Stehr
Cinematography: Jutta Pohlmann
Editing: Gergana Voigt , Antje Zynga
Costume Design: Nicole Fischnaller
Make-Up & Hair: Heiko Schmidt, Johanna Hinsch
Original Score: Thomas Feiner , Ingo L. Frenzel
Cast: Daniel Brühl (Paul), August Diehl (Guenther), Anna Maria Mühe (Hilde), Thure Lindhardt (Hans), Jana Pallaske (Elli)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2004