Unusual twist on vampire mythology supposes one important difference from most movies: daylight does not harm vampires. With this weakness removed, by the 16th or 17th century vampires have become the aristocracy, controlling government and exploiting the few remaining, destitute humans as food and servants. A desperate group of humans elects young Jonathan to lead a mission intent of destroying all the vampires, but the vampires attempt to foil him at every turn. —IMDb
Born in Augsburg in 1941, Hans W. Geißendörfer was the son of a clergyman. While studying German literature, African languages, dramatics and psychology, he became interested in the medium film. He got himself involved with the student theater and made his first documentaries and underground films using a 16 mm camera.
After graduating from university in 1967, Geißendörfer traveled Asia and Africa before entering the movie business as an assistant director to George Moorse. In 1969, he made his directing debut with the TV movie “Der Fall Lena Christ”. His first big-screen movie, the idiosyncratic vampire story “Jonathan”, won Geißendörfer a German Film Award in 1970 – three more were to follow throughout his career. In 1976, he won the award for “Sternsteinhof” (“The Sternstein Manor”), in 1979 for the adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Glass Cell” – which also earned him an Oscar nomination – and in 1982 for “Der Zauberberg” (“The Magic Mountain”). In cinemas, the adaptation… read more