A new documentary about German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, consisting of previously unseen footage, will be aired at the BFI in April to mark his 70th birthday. Directed by Annekatrin Hendel and commissioned by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, the film sheds light on his methods, which although controversially labelled abusive and fuelled by his alcohol and cocaine addiction, nevertheless resulted in the production of 41 films in 14 years. One of the pioneers of the New German Cinema movement along with Werner Herzog, his films dealt with socio-political themes of corruption, social rejection and the post-war period.The BFI has also published a guide
to his ‘best films’ and a schedule
of screenings of his films throughout April and May.
5 April 2017 | Manisha Ganguly