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Laocoon & Sons: The Story of the Transformation of Esmeralda del Rio

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Ottinger’s debut film already contains many of the elements that would appear in her later works: an extraordinary woman, an unusual country, and a chain of magic transformations that give rise to eccentric characterizations by an ensemble cast, here featuring Tabea Blumenschein in multiple roles. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Ottinger’s allegorical work explores themes of death, destruction, and resurrection. With striking camerawork reminiscent of the antics of avant-garde psychodramas, Laocoon & Sons is filled with an exuberant sense of life, myth, tradition, and magic.

  • Year
    1972-73
  • Runtime
    47 minutes
  • Language
    German
  • Country
    Germany
  • Director
    Ulrike Ottinger
  • Screenwriter
    Ulrike Ottinger, A text by Chiquita Brook (Xavier Arrovuelo) and Ulrike Ottinger
  • Cast
    Tabea Blumenschein
  • Cinematographer
    Ulrike Ottinger