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Lou Andreas-Salomé

Germany's selection for KW's German Language Film Festival!

A new film by Cordula Kablitz-Post looks at one of Europe’s most influential intellectuals—and at her complicated life.

We meet Lou Andreas-Salomé at 72 years of age, as she recounts her life story to a young admirer. Born in St. Petersburg in 1861, she fell in love with philosophy as a girl and determined to live a life of the mind, escaping bourgeois constriction by never marrying or having children.

With terrific attention to period detail, the film recounts her close ties to many of the more famous people of her era (perhaps more famous because they were men), including author Paul Rée, fellow philosopher Friedrich Neitzsche and poet Rainer Maria Rilke, who became her lover despite their age gap (she was 15 years his senior). She became close to Sigmund Freud in a relationship that caused much gossip, but without doubt contributed to her becoming an accomplished psychoanalyst.

Never dry, this biography of Andreas-Salomé shows the focus and intellect that led to her prolific output as a novelist, essayist and intellectual.

A Co-presentation by University of Waterloo Centre for German Studies and the Princess Cinemas. Sponsored by the Embassies of Austria, the Federal Republic of Germany, and Switzerland

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