Robert Cambrinus (Austria)

Duration: 1 31′ 00″

Friedrich Nietzsche’s Zarathustra returns in the shape of a female travelling teacher seeking shelter at the Alpine chalet of a bourgeois family. Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” has not lost any of its power or pertinence but the reception in the 21st century is as fraught with contempt and misunderstanding as it was in the 19th century. The mother rejects the stranger outright. The son’s girlfriend does not understand her teaching. The father finds it trite as he has heard it all before. The son, however, is encouraged by the teacher’s words. He feels pressured into a career as a lawyer by his dominant father. All the son really wants is to become a writer and “to be free”. But the mix of philosophical aspiration and petty-bourgeois attitudes proves explosive. All roles are played by shop-window mannequins — a live action drama without actors.


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