(2005; 93 min. USA)
"Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Requiem for a Friend” is the foundation for this
marvelous production of mature emotion and deep wisdom; few films
have been able to explore the issues surrounding death with such
grace and intelligence." Phil Hall, filmthreat.com (5 stars)
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LLOYD BRICKEN as "Rainer Maria Rilke"
Oh don’t take from me what I am slowly learning. I’m sure you have
gone astray if you are moved to homesickness for anything in this dimension.
We transform these Things; they aren’t real, they are only the reflections
upon the polished surface of our being. -- Rainer Maria Rilke
from "REQUIEM FOR A FRIEND".
1908, Paris. Over two fever-dream nights in the Hotel Biron,
Rainer Maria Rilke encounters the ghost of his good friend, artist
Paula Modersohn-Becker, who died shortly after giving birth to her
first child. In response to this haunting, Rilke writes his epic prose
lament, "Requiem for a Friend", as a tribute to Paula and to all
women torn between a life sacrificed to Art or to Motherhood.
SYLVI ALLI as "the Artist", (painter)
FELECIA FAULKNER as "the Mother", (actress)
and LEAH KAHN as "the Soul Torn Between" (dancer)
One hundred years later, three women - a painter, an actress
and a dancer - and a theatre director prepare to stage Rilke's
"Requiem" in Berkeley California as abstract performance ritual.
(this performance was staged and filmed before a live audience)
LEE VOGT as "The Director"; LLOYD BRICKEN as "The Critic "
The director's real life becomes mysteriously
metaphors of Rilke's prose when a young Rilke-obsessed drama critic
insists on penning a story about their upcoming performance. As past
and future plots entwine and unfold, the heart of Rilke's melancholic,
searing vision of love and loss gives way to unexpected revelation.
LLOYD BRICKEN as "Rainer Maria Rilke"
I have my dead and I have let them go and was amazed
see them so contented, so at home in being dead, so cheerful,
so unlike their reputation . Only you return; brush past me, loiter,
try to knock against something, so the sound reveals your presence.
-- from "REQUIEM FOR A FRIEND".
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3-min excerpt; "Rilke awakens from a dream"
SYLVI ALLI, LEAH KAHN and FELECIA FAULKNER
VERTICAL POOL and PARATHEATRICAL RESEARCH present an ANTERO ALLI film
"THE GREATER CIRCULATION ". LLOYD BRICKEN, FELECIA FAULKNER, SYLVI ALLI,
LEE VOGT, LEAH KAHN, SLOBODAN PAITCH, & ANTERO ALLI as the voice of Rilke.
"Requiem For a Friend" written by RAINER MARIA RILKE. Translation by
STEPHEN MITCHELL. Screenplay by ANTERO ALLI.
SLOBODAN PAITCH as "Rodin" and LLOYD BRICKEN as "Rilke"
Director of Photography, CHRIS RASMUSSEN. Second Unit D.P., SEAN BLOSL.
Sound Recorder, MALCOLM SHERWOOD. Edited by CHRIS ODELL and ANTERO ALLI.
C.G.I. Effects by MICHAEL McWHIRTER. Music by SCRIABIN, BRAHMS, LOOP!STATION,
AMBER ASYLUM, and SYLVI ALLI. Associate Producers: LILY NOVA, FELECIA FAULKNER,
and CHRIS RASMUSSEN. Producers: JODIE EVANS, SYLVI ALLI, and ANTERO ALLI.
Executive Producers, VERTICAL POOL PRODUCTIONS, PARATHEATRICAL RESEARCH
Conceived and directed by ANTERO ALLI
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"I have been living with Rilke's epic lament,"REQUIEM FOR A FRIEND", since 1990 and this film celebrates the fruition of my efforts to give it cinematic expression. The final twenty minutes of this film features a live paratheatre performance of REQUIEM that I directed and filmed in May of 2005, later incorporated into the final film. There were several daunting challenges in bringing Rilke's written work into cinema. Rilke's "Requiem" is exceedingly rich with ideas, feelings, images. For the audience to fully assimilate these impressions, I had to create more space and did this by by presenting his "Requiem" in segments throughout the film -- between the dialogue of characters in the present day drama who were staging his lament and Rilke's process of composing it a hundred years earlier in Hotel Biron in Paris." - ANTERO ALLI, director
ANTERO ALLI is a West coast-based filmmaker whose deep background in experimental theatre (since 1972) imprints his underground films with their surrealistic sensibility (where the nocturnal dreams of his characters often guide the plots). His films occasionally screen on the arthouse circuit from Seattle to Los Angeles and points in between and, are available on dvd. Antero is the founder/director of ParaTheatrical ReSearch, a paratheatre work center in Berkeley CA where he resides with his wife, singer/composer Sylvi Alli. Alli is also a book author.
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