Picture: Martin Langer
Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists by Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions
Picture: Martin Langer
Picture: Astrid Endruweit
Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists by Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions
Picture: Astrid Endruweit
Picture: Martin Langer
Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists by Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions
Picture: Martin Langer
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Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions

Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists

“Beware of a Holy Whore” (1970) was said to be Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s own favourite film: ostensibly a drama about personal vanities and power, an enigmatic film about the influence of economic restraints on the artistic result. With his 17-person international cast Laub dissects the film, contrasting it in sharp edits, repetitions and duplications with Goethe’s “Faust” and elements from animism. In large group scenes and solos that flash up like portraits, what is presumably disparate orbits around the central questions of the film and of Goethe’s classic: the relation of the individual to the group, the dynamics of community formation and the partly tragicomic search for meaningful insights in a secularized society. Driven by variations of the Madison Dance, the interplay of dance, film, music and drama slowly pulls the viewer into the spell of a world full of struggles over love and power and the tension between tenderness and violence, which seems both oddly strange and at the same time all too familiar.                                                                             
Trailer “Fassbinder, Faust and the Animists"
Current Performances
Wed 28.06.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
Fri 30.06.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
Sat 01.07.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
Sun 02.07.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
German and English with English Surtitles
approx. 100 minutes
Conceived and directed by
Michael Laub
Juli Apponen, Allison Brainard, Magdalena Chowaniec, Maxwell Cosmo Cramer, Astrid Endruweit, Lukas Gander, Robert Gather, Melissa Holley, Mike Iveson Jr., Vanthy Khen, Florian Lenz, Teyva Ly, Gabrielle Miller, Melissa Anna Schmidt, Chanrotha Un, Greg Zuccolo and Lars Studer
On Video
Hilde Dalik, Luis Lüps, Daniel Philipp Roth, Jereon van Vliet
Astrid Endruweit
Greg Zuccolo, Vanthy Khen, Michael Laub
Video / Technical Director
Bodo Gottschalk
Stephan Wöhrmann, Toni Bräutigam
Assistant Director / Production
Declan Rooney
Production Assistant / Subtitling
Ayako Toyama
Maria Roers, Monique Van den Bulck, Rebekka Schwark, The Cast
Set Elements
Iris Christidi
Artistic / Production Advisor
Michael Stolhofer
Artistic Production Manager
Anna Bergel
Executive Producer
Coralie Morillon
Management Remote Control Productions
Claudine Profitlich
Featuring extracts from
"Beware of a Holy Whore", a film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1970) © Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
Original soundtrack to ‘Beware of a Holy Whore’, Ray Bryant, Cambodian Space Project, Pou Khlaing and Mute Speaker.
On Location Film Crew
DOP / Camera
Chief Gaffer / Camera
Jean Chhor
Technical Director
Bodo Gottschalk
Sound Operator
Chek Dara
Assistant Camera / Sound
Seap Hour
Sound Assistant
Vutha Koam
Production Assistant
Sithy Pang
Sok Deun, Veasna Leang, Naem Nop, Soy Sam
Set & Props Designer / Costume Manager
Sarah Marcni
Makeup Artist
Pothmolita Dou
Khun Phyrak
Cast Management
Julia Leyris
Savy Mey, Samnang Kim, Soy Sam, Naem Nop, Khun Phyrak
Making-of Video
Astrid Endruweit
Additional Video
Magdalena Chowaniec, Oyen Rodriguez and an excerpt from 'Le corps du texte, Tatouages rituels du Cambodge' by Olivier de Bernon and Olivier Delpoux. EFEO/CCF 1998
Thank you to
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation - Juliane Lorenz & Livia Fiorio, Jean-Michel Filippi, Giusi Tinella, Sok Visal, Daniela Hahn, Mathieu Ly, The Pavilion Hotel, Knai Bang Chatt Resort and Villa Romonea
For Larry
Premiere 28 June 2017
Production: Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival, Phare Productions - International branch of Phare Performing Social Enterprise. Realised with the financial support of Haupstadtkulturfonds. Kindly supported by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation.