»There’s a magical place in Picardy, where the peacock calls and wondrous things seem to occur all on their own. It was here I wanted to make a film as both experiment and creative adventure and to work as intuitively as possible.«
– Jules Hermann
The teacher Antek Liebmann moves to northern France in summer. After a harrowing experience had thrown him off the rails, he wants to bury the ghosts of his past there. All goes well at first. He flirts with a female neighbour and starts an affair with the young Sebastien. But the nightmares soon catch up with him again. Meanwhile, in the surrounding woods, a killer is said to be on the loose. While out walking one day, he makes a dangerous discovery in the undergrowth. Airy summer days elide into night-time crashes. The possibility of a love affair helps him to take things slower, to come to terms with his past and to dare a new beginning.
Based on a 27-page outline plot, Liebmann was in the can after just fifteen days of shooting. The story of guilt and responsibility is peppered with associative interpolations and tricks of colour and form that all go to express the fragmented and mysterious feelings of the neurotic main character. In Godehard Giese as Liebmann, Jules Herrmann has found a brilliant performer. Liebmann celebrated its premiere in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section at the Berlin International Film Festival 2016.
Born 1970, Hermann first studied business economics and later film direction at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Her graduation film Time Out was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival and at the film festival Max Ophüls Preis, also winning the Grand Prix at the Warsaw Oskariada. In 2009, in South Korea, she made the essay film Seoul Lost and Found. Later, she worked as co-producer, artistic adviser and editor on Godehard Giese‘s Story of the Astronaut. Jules Herrmann lives in Berlin.
Films by Jules Herrmann
Seoul Lost and Found 2009 | Auszeit 2006 | Skywalker 2002