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The Dreamed Ones

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Directed by Ruth Beckermann| 2016 | Austria | German with English subtitles | 89mins

This award-winning documentary explores the historical correspondence between postwar poets and lovers Paul Celan, a concentration camp survivor, and Ingeborg Bachmann, whose father was a Nazi.

In 1948 Paul Celan, a concentration camp survivor and esteemed post-war poet, met Ingeborg Bachmann. By 1971, Celan had committed suicide, before which the erstwhile lovers met on just one more occasion. However, they had amassed almost 20 years of long-distance correspondence.

Inspired by fact and fiction, where document and literature intersect in the letters, Ruth Beckermann and writing partner Ina Hartwig (a literary agent) embarked on a screenplay based on the exchanges. The result is a cross between observational documentary and essay film, with a deceptively simple approach: two actors read the letters in a recording studio.

Applying a documentarian’s intuition to this set up, Beckermann keeps her camera rolling between readings and into cigarette breaks. Capturing the actors’ palpable on-screen chemistry, Beckermann succeeds in evoking a contemporary ambulatory romance from the historical source material.

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