At 17 Schlingensief already had a good number of short films in his bag. With his talent to enthuse everyone and everything around him to take part in his films and ideas, it’s no surprise that the real villagers of Much are the actors in Hey Mum…. In this film, a family man has a sudden higher calling to become a Hollywood star. He sets out to shoot a gangster flick but one mishap chases the next, as even the grand finale – the screening of the finished film itself – is fraught by the clumpsiness of his relatives.
Christoph Maria Schlingensief (born October 24, 1960 in Oberhausen) is a German film and theatre director, actor and author. Because of his often controversial work he has often been called a “scandal-maker”.
As a young man he organized art “events” in the cellar of his parents house and artists such as Helge Schneider or Theo Jörgensmann performed in his early films.
Schlingensief considers himself a “provocatively thoughtful” artist. He has created numerous controversial and provocative theatre pieces as well as films, his former mentor being filmmaker and media artist Werner Nekes. One of his main works, the so-called Germany-Trilogy, which deals with three turning points in 20th century German history: the first movie Hundert Jahre Adolf Hitler (Adolf Hitler – A Hundred Years) covers the last hours of Adolf Hitler, the second Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker (The German Chainsaw-Massacre), depicts the German reunification of 1989… read more