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The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (12)

25 May

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Adapted from his own stage production with an all-female cast, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant tells the story of a famous fashion designer who falls deeply in love with an icy young model. What follows is a wildly imbalanced and tormented romance, reportedly based on the director’s own experiences. Set entirely in the protagonist’s bedroom, the film shows Fassbinder’s love for melodrama, with full throttle performances captured by sumptuously claustrophobic cinematography. It is also notable as one of Fassbinder’s many collaborations with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who passed away in April of this year.

Specially commissioned programme notes are available here.

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  • Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Cast Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake
  • Running time 1h58m
  • Certification 15
  • Country Germany
  • Year of production 1972
  • Language Germany with English subtitles
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