News |A Thought of Ecstasy | Interview with RP Kahl

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Director RP Kahl was a Fellow of Villa Aurora in 2013. During this time he began his work on the feature film A THOUGHT OF ECSTACY, which is coming to German cinemas these days. We met him in Berlin for a chat. In the interview he talks about the genesis of the film, his time at Villa Aurora and his collaboration with Monkeytown Records and the photographer Markus Hirner.


»I strolled through the graves, touched by the variety of memories. One was dark bleck marble, the other one nothing but a small metal plate on a post. And one was the memory of a Frank. I imagined it was him.«

August 2019. Frank recognizes his own story of twenty years ago in a recently published book. He remembers Marie, with whom he had a relationship before she moved to the United States and disappeared from his life. Frank sets out in search of her and finds himself in a USA petrified by a heat wave and lost in suspicion and political paranoia. He heads into the desert in pursuit of Marie.

RP Kahl | Photo: Markus Hirner

RP Kahl was born in 1970 in Cottbus. He studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts »Ernst Busch« Berlin, Rostock branch, and has been working as an actor since 1990. In 1995, he also moved behind the camera. He produced the feature film »Silvester Countdown« by Oskar Roehler (Hypoförderpreis Filmfest München 1997). Together with Luggi Waldleitner's Roxy film, Kahl produced his feature film directorial debut »Angel Express«. With Torsten Neumann he developed the project »99euro-films«. In 2005 he received the Hessian Film Prize for his documentary »Mädchen am Sonntag«. His feature film »Bedways« premiered at the Berlinale 2010. He also created music videos, theater productions, performances and video art works. Kahl teaches at various colleges and universities.

A THOUGHT OF ECSTASY has been running in German cinemas for two weeks. In Berlin, the film can be seen in Moviemento Cinema (FSK18) and Cinema Central on Hackescher Markt (FSK16). And there is a very special event coming up: BALLHAUS OST NIGHT TO FILM.

Ballhaus Ost # 215: A THOUGHT OF ECSTASY

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8 p.m.
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

LIVE: Gajek (Monkeytown Records) + Francois Pavan (MyPark, Paris)
PERFORMANCE: Anne Retzlaff (dance) + RP Kahl (word)
FILM: 87 min, FSK16

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