Hanna Schygulla, Whatever the Dream Is - Anne Imbert - France

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 Who was Hanna Schygulla: from au-pair to cinema legend

Hanna Schygulla, Whatever the Dream Is (Hanna Schygulla – quelquesoit le songe, 2012)

Director: Anne Imbert


She is a legend of German cinema. Her path to fame and success was paved with life lessons - some tough, others encouraging. Eurochannel invites you to meet and discover the life of Hanna Schygulla in an in-depth and poetic documentary about her life in Hanna Schygulla, Whatever the Dream Is.

Conceived by French director Anne Imbert, this documentary pays homage not only to Hanna Schygulla but to the German generation of the cinema she embodies. Telling the actress's story through a poem written by French screenwriter and actor Jean-Claude Carrière, this innovative film is divided intodifferent parts, each tackling different aspects of Hanna's life.

The first part of the film is built around the theme of the actress's roots and the fears she had to overcome. The second part, an "approach of the shadow and light," traces the international career of the actress. The third part refers poetically to her work with director Rainer Werner Fassbinder,and includes memorable excerpts of films such as The Marriage of Maria Braun andThe Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, among others.

Plunge into the life of a legend of German cinema and meet the woman behind the actress.


A portrait of the great German actress Hanna Schygulla, the most prominent German actress of the New German Cinema. The documentary tells the story of the actress while relating it to the poem Whatever the dreamis, written by Jean-Claude Carrièrefor Hanna Schygulla.

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