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by Christian Petzold


In the summer of 2006, film directors Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler began corresponding with each other on the subjects of film aesthetics, the Berlin School, Germany and the film genre (their correspondence was published in German film magazine "Revolver"). Two years later they decided to continue this theoretical discussion with a joint film project: three individual stories revolving around the same “fait divers”: the escape of a convicted criminal from police custody. Graf’s Komm mir nicht nach tells the story of a police psychologist who meets old acquaintances while investigating a case. In Petzold’s Etwas Besseres als den Tod a young man doing alternative national service experiences a love story without a future. And in Christoph Hochhäusler’s Eine Minute Dunkel an indefatigable policeman hunting the escaped prisoner begins to doubt false certainties. Three films, three styles, three exciting approaches, variations, analyses.

international title: Beats Being Dead (Three Lives)
original title: Dreileben - Etwas Besseres als den Tod
country: Germany
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Christian Petzold
film run: 88'
screenplay: Christian Petzold
cast: Jacob Matschenz, Luna Mijović, Vijessna Ferkic, Rainer Bock, Kirsten Block
cinematography by: Hans Fromm
music: Stefan Will
production: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk
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