LONTANO - Peter Stein's Schaubühne
"LONTANO" is an appreciation of the multi-faceted artistic work of West Germany's first autonomous theater group which, between 1970 and 1985, under the direction of Peter Stein, made theater history.
The film traces the formation of the Schaubühne as a theater experiment in the spirit of '68, describes how grassroots democracy was practiced within the group and addresses the premises, the errors and the mentality which swiftly elevated the Schaubühne to the position of the most important German theater in the second half of the 20th century. What made self-governed theater work possible?
Historic venues are revisited in the company of former ensemble members, reconstructing aspects of the theater work of the time. "LONTANO" provides a fragmentary, almost archaeological approximation of performance moments, spaces, costumes, designs, texts, plays, bodies. Which are the memories that remain? What is lost? An intense retrospective view – "A reflective film" (Peter Stein).
Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH