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In a Year with 13 Moons
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IN A YEAR WITH 13 MOONS

In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden

Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
West Germany, 1978
Drama, LGBTQ+

Synopsis

After a breakup, Elvira, a transgender woman who has made an enormous sacrifice for love, struggles to reconcile her past life with her present identity. She recalls her religious childhood, her work as a butcher and her encounter with Anton, a former lover who completely changed her life.

Synopsis

After a breakup, Elvira, a transgender woman who has made an enormous sacrifice for love, struggles to reconcile her past life with her present identity. She recalls her religious childhood, her work as a butcher and her encounter with Anton, a former lover who completely changed her life.

Our take

Partially inspired by Fassbinder’s ex-lover, who committed suicide before the making of this film, In a Year with 13 Moons is both a personal and typically provocative work by the German director. Class conflict, gender transformation, and love ache all shape this tragic tale of rejection.