Sehnsucht Nach Sodom : Yearning for Sodom
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While German actor Kurt Raab was working on a video project with director Hanno Baethe, he learned that he was HIV positive. A short time later he was confined to a bed in Hamburg hospital, dependent on the help of others. With the assistance of Raab’s friend Hans Hirschmüller, documentation was compiled to supplement the video project : the work of an actor in retrospect, but also a man facing an imminent death. "...A testimony to his parting emerged : subjects as taboo as AIDS, death and the Catholicism of a gay person were the issues that were raised. The film editing confronts the viewer with the questions and expectations the actor Kurt Raab had of life before his illness and gives him Raab’s answers in view of his imminent death. Kurt Raab died in Hamburg on June 28, 1988". (Anke Oehme)

Awards and mentions
Prix Italia
Concours international pour la Radio, la Télévision et le Web
Palerme
1990
Premier prix
Festival Internacional de Video : cidade de Vigo
1990
Médaille d'argent
New York International Film and TV Festival
New York
1990
Premier prix, Catégorie film professionnel
Friedberger Filmtage
1989
Premier prix
Australian Video Festival
Paddington
1989
Original language
German
Subtitles
English

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Credits

Direction
Hanno Baethe
Camera
Hanno Baethe
Editing
Hanno Baethe
Screenplay
Kurt Raab
Hanno Baethe
Hans Hirschmüller
Participants
Kurt Raab
Hans Hirschmüller
Production
Hanno Baethe
Anke Oehme
ZDF

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Keywords
AIDS, Disease, Homosexuality, Memory, Remembrance, Death

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