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Friends and Husbands / Sheer Madness

Friends and Husbands / Sheer Madness

A Feature film by Margarethe Von Trotta

Release in France : 19/10/1983

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (3)

Co-production :

Les Films du Losange

French distribution :

Gaumont

Foreign production company :

Bioskop Film

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country

Synopsis

Olga and Ruth become friends. Olga is independent, separated from her husband, living with an immigrant pianist, and teaching feminist literature. Ruth is withdrawn, a painter, possibly mentally ill. Ruth dreams in black and white, sometimes of her suicide. Olga lectures on a 19th-century writer, von Günderrode, a suicide after the breakup of her intense friendship with Bettina Brentano. Ruth's husband Franz encourages the women's friendship, then, as Olga draws Ruth out and the friendship deepens, he becomes jealous. After the women travel to Egypt, Franz has a tirade. Ruth seems crushed between her husband and her friend, and how she responds is the film's climax.

Full credits (8)

Producer :

Margaret Menegoz

Foreign Producer :

Eberhard Junkersdorf

Production Manager :

Régis Wargnier

Music Composer :

Nicolas Economou

Screenwriter :

Margarethe Von Trotta

Director of Photography :

Michael Ballhaus

Editor :

Dagmar Hirtz

Location managers :

Patrick Delabrière, Fabienne Faudot-Bel

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction

Sub-genre :

Drama

Themes :

Friendship

Coproducer countries :

France, Germany

Original French-language productions :

Unknown

Production year :

1983

French release :

19/10/1983

Runtime :

1 h 45 min

Current status :

Released

Visa number :

56083

Visa issue date :

16/03/1983

Approval :

Unknown

Production formats :

35mm

Color type :

Color

Audio format :

Mono

Posters (2)

Director

Festival Selections

Berlin International Film Festival - 1983

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1983)

Selection

Official Competition

Awards

Berlin International Film Festival - 1983

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1983)

Awards

OCIC Award - Recommendation