The body of a naked man floats in blackness. Slowly stretching out from a foetal position it begins to decompose. A little girl sits in the sun scribbling in a sketchbook. “Der Todesking” – death king – she writes. Der Todesking, Jorg Buttgereit’s second full-length feature film, has no central character or characters, but instead thematic continuity in the act of suicide. Divided into days of the week, it comprises of a series of set-pieces, each of which featuring the self-destruction of a complete stranger.
Infamous primarily on the strength of his shocking 1987 debut feature Nekromantik, German director Jörg Buttgereit was born to make horror films. His grandmother bought him horror trading cards while he was a kindergartner in Berlin, and for his first communion gift, he received a Super-8 camera. At age 14, he made his first short films, and by the time he was 19, the future enfant terrible of the German underground was already creating controversy by showing concentration camp footage with his questionable 1982 short Blutige Exzesse im Fuhrerbunker. For the next several years, Buttgereit honed his talent with a series of increasingly disturbing shorts, picking up what would form the core of his repertory company (Daktari Lorenz, Manfred O. Jelinski, Beatrice M., Franz Rodenkirchen, and others) along the way. Then came Nekromantik, an uncompromisingly grim and savagely appalling study of an Autobahn worker (Lorenz) whose progressive mental collapse leads to grave robbing, necrophilia… read more
the loneliness of that woman.. gosh! the loneliness of that woman ! what a farce macabre and black humour is to demand of her to die. as if a rotting loneliness, surronding you with kitschy objects, liquors and candies stashed guiltily under the sofa was not death enough. we don't want you to die, we want you to live through suicide, but she is too catatonic for that.