Darkroom – Drops of Death

Directed by Rosa von Praunheim

Cast: Bozidar Kocevski, Heiner Bomhard, Katy Karrenbauer

In his new film, controversial, pioneering cult director and legendary queer activist Rosa von Praunheim focuses his lens on a recent, true criminal case involving a German serial killer. Lars, a male nurse from Saarbrucken, moves with his lover Roland, a sweet spirited musician with a lilting voice, to Berlin. They renovate an apartment with the intention of finally living together. For Roland, their happiness seems almost complete. What he doesn’t know, however, is that while secretly checking out Berlin’s nightlife, Lars is experimenting with a deadly poison – an obsession that will lead to a horrific outcome for the couple. Using a psychiatric tribunal as a framing device, Von Praunheim expertly balances Lars’ twisted fantasies with Roland’s dreams of a blissful romance. Contains images that may be disturbing to some viewers. Co-sponsored by the Goethe Institut.

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