Prior to writing this post, I'd never heard of German director Christoph Schlingensief
. From what I can gather, however, he's incredibly political and willfully controversial
in his films, statements, art and forays into theater. In terms of film, Schlingensief seems best-known for his Germany Trilogy, which consists of 100 Years of Adolf Hitler
(about Hitler's last hours), The German Chainsaw Massacre
(about "a few East-German people who cross the border to visit West Germany and get slaughtered by a psychopathic family with non-running chainsaws") and Terror 2000
("about the 1970's Red Army Faction terror in Germany"). As grim as these films sound, they're apparently not to be taken seriously, whatever that means. It's also unclear if anyone saw them -- Schlingensief doesn't seem like the kind of guy who plays multiplexes.
If all goes well with his new film, however, his name may become familiar to a lot more people outside of Germany: Schlingensief told a local tabloid earlier this week that he's already shot some footage for
a film about the last hour of Princess Di's life. Diana will be played by Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen
, who was cast because "she presents a projection surface for longings. She resembles Diana as both of them seem to be within reach, but never are." Which, really, is a pretty cool concept.
I would imagine that any Germans remotely interested in the arts have very strong feelings about this guy -- please feel free to share them in the comments, because the rest of us need to get a better idea of what he's all about.