2013 film posters

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A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING EUROPE (2013, JULIAN RADLMAIER)

A PROLETARIAN WINTER’S TALE (2014, JULIAN RADLMAIER)

SELF-CRITICISM OF A BOURGEOIS DOG (2017, JULIAN RADLMAIER)

julian radlmaier approaches communism, political debate, filmmaking/cinema, and surrealism in a surprisingly accessible way, forgoing traditional structure in his films for more of a collection of skits type of composition, a style which actually benefits these much more comedic films than expected. while a proletarian winter’s tale is his most precise and satisfying of the three in it’s more realized depiction of modern art and class relations (a better version of ruben östlund the square, tbh), self-criticism of a bourgeois dog is his most accomplished and, perhaps, defining work, featuring himself as the main protagonist who is turned into a dog after subscribing to and using his art to promote ideologies too complicit with capitalism and its diminishment of the human spirit, especially for a “communist filmmaker,” and it’s very self-aware and silly when unexpected so i’m excited to see what radlmaier chooses to do next.