Pehnert Lutz, Ehlert Matthias, Ulrich Adama
2018, Allemagne, 130′
In a society that increasingly resists new ways of thinking and aes-thetic transgressions, Frank Castorf calls theatre “the last partisan”. As its director since the early 1990s, Castorf made the Berlin Volks-bühne a place of new departures and the avant-garde. By reacting radically to social upheavals and testing new theatrical methods, the Volksbühne became Germany’s most important theatre, enjoying great international appeal. The film accompanies Castorf on his farewell production of “Faust”, while also providing a glimpse of the engine room of this theatre factory. Comrades-in-arms, including the actors Sophie Rois, Herbert Fritsch, and Alexander Scheer, recall the theatre’s unique work environment, while news flashbacks bring to life the events of the past 25 years. PARTISAN is a tribute to a theatre and its staff. Though the Volksbühne is no longer with us,its influence will continue to be felt as a powerful example ofaesthetic individuality.