Despair (1978)Return To International Perspective
In early 1930s Germany, against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise, Hermann Hermann (Dirk Bogarde), a Russian emigrant and successful chocolate magnate, starts experiencing mental breakdowns. He soon meets Felix (Klaus Löwtisch), an unemployed laborer, whom Hermann believes to be his doppelganger. He hatches up an elaborate plot, which he believes will free him of all worries and nightmares. Based on Otchayanie by Vladimir Nabokov.
- Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Producers: Lutz Hengst, Peter Marthesheimer
Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman
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Best Direction (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Best Cinematography (Michael Ballhaus), Best Production Design (Rolf Zehetbauer)/German Film Awards, 1978Nominated:
Palme d’Or/Cannes Film Festival 1978