December sees the re-release of Edwin Brienen’s one-time christmas comedy Why Ulli Wanted to Kill Himself on Christmas Eve. Shot in a record time of just 13 days, the film did hit German theatres about two months after its pre-production status.
October 2005. Brienen, who just filmed Last Performance during the summer of that year, had the insane plan to produce (shooting, editing, post-production) a feature film in just three ‘til four weeks. He involved an ensemble of actors (lots of new ‘family members’ here such as Laura Tonke and Hendrik Arnst, next to the familiar faces of Brienen starlets Esther Verkaaik and Eva Dorrepaal), and December 15th, Ulli celebrated its premiere in eight German theatres countrywide.
The film received raving critics from the German press: “Small pearls of tragicomic characterizations, concerning lack of relationships and the inability of them” (tip Magazine), “a modern update of Fassbinder” (zitty), “wonderfully poetic” (Cinerama) or “one of the most entertaining German films since years” (Neue Szene).
Thanks to an initiative by Berlin-Film-Katalog, this black comedy is now back in a director’s cut at Berlin’s Brotfabrik Kino. December 9th at 19.30 hrs, film critic Jan Gympel will introduce the new version to an audience, in the presence of Edwin Brienen. For other screening dates (the whole week and after), check out the website of Brotfabrik: