In the summer of 2006, film directors Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler began corresponding with each other on the subjects of film aesthetics, the Berlin School, Germany and the film genre (their correspondence was published in German film magazine Revolver). Two years later they decided to continue this theoretical discussion with a joint film project: three individual stories revolving around the same “fait divers:” the escape of a convicted criminal from police custody. Graf’s Komm mir nicht nach tells the story of a police psychologist who meets old acquaintances while investigating a case. In Petzold’s Etwas Besseres als den Tod, a young man doing alternative national service experiences a love story without a future. And in Christoph Hochhäusler’s Eine Minute Dunkel, an indefatigable policeman hunting the escaped prisoner begins to doubt false certainties. Three films, three styles, three exciting approaches, variations, analyses. German television stations made this all possible. As Dominik Graf wrote: “… this work vis-à-vis mainstream TV, at its edges, in contradiction to and yet, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, in commentary on that mainstream – I find and have always found this to be extremely creative.”
Christoph Hochhäusler’s One Minute of Darkness:
Frank Molesch, convicted of murder, takes advantage of an opportunity to flee. He hides out in a forest. But the isolation and the knowledge he’s being hunted by police change him, and fear starts to get to him. The police use everything they’ve got to try to find him – but it’s a detective on sick leave who gets closest to the truth. –Berlinale
Born in Munich in 1972. From 1993-1995 studied architecture at Berlin Technical University. 1996-2004 studied directing at the Academy of Television and Film School (HFF) in Munich. Various Jobs as storyboard illustrator, sound editor and assistant director. 1997 co-founder and co-publisher of “Revolver”film magazine. Numerous articles on cinema for “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, “png”, “Cult”, “Insert”and other publications. “Milchwald” (2003) was his graduation project and first feature film. —filmportal.de
What’s fascinating is not only the impulse to rank the three the films of the trilogy but also how differently various critics do.
A look at the posters for the films in the main slate of this year’s New York Film Festival.
A three film project by three German directors finds three different stories in one town being menaced by an escaped criminal.