One of the defining names in the New German Cinema movement of the 1960s and 70s, Fassbinder made over 40 feature length films (including such queer classics as Fox and His Friends and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant) before his death, aged just 37. With his riveting, bracingly stylised biopic, director Oskar Roehler paints an uncompromising portrait of the troubled (and troubling) man behind the camera, driven by a remarkable central performance from Oliver Masucci. Documenting key moments and relationships in Fassbinder’s life from his theatre beginnings through to the production of his final film Querelle, Enfant Terrible is no straightforward exercise in hagiography. Instead, Roehler has crafted a heady evocation of an artist fuelled by addiction, whose undeniable genius was matched only by his cruelty to those around him.

Michael Blyth, Senior Programmer

Language German with English subtitles

Running time 134 minutes

BFI Flare Certificate 18
Please note, this film contains themes of suicide and drug use.

Sales Picture Tree International

How to watch

  • On BFI Player in the UK with a ticket or festival pass
  • Watch at any time during the festival
  • 4 hours to finish once you start watching

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