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TABU - Es ist die Seele ein Fremdes auf Erden

TABU - The soul is a stranger on earth

Producer: Eclypse Film
Financing: Majoritarian coproduction
Co-Producer: Iris Productions (LU), Film Line Film (DE)
Year: 2010
Grant amount: € 300.026
Category: Spielfilm
Genre: drama
Director: Christoph Stark
Writer: Ursula Mauder
Cinematographer: Bogumił Godfrejów
Key cast: Peri Baumeister, Lars Eidinger, Petra Morzé, Rainer Bock, Jules Werner, Rafael Stachowiak
Locations: Vienna, Luxembourg
Release (AT): 15.06.2012

Two solitary children go from clinging to one another for companionship to becoming soul mates, and later passionate lovers : an inseparable bond that no one can tear asunder, not even they themselves.
Georg and Grete Trakl, the famous poet and the gifted pianist, protagonists of perhaps the greatest never-before-told forbidden love story in history must live their lives together, or not at all..

The unresolved tension between agonizing guilt and euphoria emerges in Georg’s early works. When he goes to Vienna to study pharmacy in hopes of making ends meet, his headstrong sister, only 17 and already an exceptional pianist, forces him to let her to join him there. She plans to attend the music academy, but above all, she wants to be with him – completely and totally, in violation of every rule, without compromise. She sweeps second thoughts and guilty feelings aside and inspires him to write his first fully formed poems. Georg and Margarete experience months of untroubled joy. But the harsh reality of it all soon takes its toll - Georg cannot endure the social pressures of this forbidden love and loses himself in a haze of drugs. Grete neglects her studies in her desperate struggle for a place by his side. Just as their fate seems inevitable, Georg forces her to marry a man 30 years her senior - for Grete this is the ultimate betrayal. In reaction, Grete sets off in a last, desperate act to win back her brother....

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