German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s reputation was cemented by films like The Marriage of Maria Braun, Effi Briest and the TV series Berlin Alexanderplatz. He had an profound talent for stirring up controversy and engaging the soul of post-war Germany with his daring treatment of themes such as emancipation, sexuality and xenophobia.
Renowned and despised, he worked like a man obsessed on his 42 feature films, until his sudden death at the age of just 37. His films care little for society’s taboos, and are full of his own personal experiences of love, homosexuality and drug use. In this biopic, candid interviews with his favorite actors and colleagues sketch create a portrait of a multifaceted, determined genius. The production includes scenes from his films, previously unpublished autobiographical audio clips, drawings and animations.