Gasman / Gasmann

(Fiction, Germany, 2019, 87’, C, En ST)

by Arne Körner

with Rafael Stachowiak, Gala Othero Winter and Kristof van Boven



Bernd, an actor in his thirties looking for a good lead role, is forced to accept to play the Nazi antagonist in a play whose director he despises, a pretentious director who is looking to get back into the theater. Skeptical, he embarks on increasingly absurd rehearsal sessions.


« Arne Körner and Akin Sipal, who previously wrote The Bicycle, have crafted an ironic tale, but one with a sad, if not depressing, undertone. The members of the men’s group they show don’t fit within the confines of German society; they’re seeking a new identity of their own, free from the World War II-tinged past, hipster culture and money-orientated society. But it seems that if you only run away from something and have no idea where you’re headed to, you truly are doomed. » Cineuropa

« A self-searching journey where an artist who not only lost faith in theater and does not want to face the audience but also facing problems with his wife and son. It is a mature vision of the private and general crisis of a struggling artist. On a technical level, the narrative was able to transfer the events at the unconventional theater to the big screen. » Cairo International Film Festival catalog

Film Author :

Arne Körner
Arne Körner

Arne Körner was born in 1986 in Hamburg. Following his apprenticeship as a baker, he studied film at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and graduated from Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School. Körner‘s short films were shown at more than 100 national and international festivals and won numerous prizes. His first feature-length film The Bicycle (2015) had its world premiere at the Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal and received the Prix du Jury. His second feature film Gasman (2019) premiered at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival and had its nationwide cinema release in 2021.

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