Warheads

  • Romuald Karmakar
  • Germany, France
  • 1992
  • 182 min
  • Focus: It Still Hurts
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This film featuring extensive interviews with two soldiers caused controversy when it came out. Director Romuald Karmakar makes no moral judgement and is principally interested in the ethics of warfare. The armed forces become surrogate families with a morality all their own. In his later work he continued to concentrate on perpetrators rather than victims, such as in The Deathmaker and The Himmler Project.

Warheads was filmed in a paramilitary training camp in Mississippi, in French Guiana, and during the Croatian civil war in 1991. Veteran Günter Aschenbrenner gives a detailed account of his time as a parachutist in the French Foreign Legion. He set up rocket launching bases in Libya and Congo, and trained legionnaires. The younger British mercenary Karl is fighting with a militia against the Yugoslav army. While Günter looks back at his career with pride, the nervous drug addict Karl talks about his self-destructive tendencies. He experiences war as a drug, a whirlpool you can’t get out of once you’re in it. “One day, I’ll probably sink into that damn hole.”

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Warheads (Warheads + Doc Talk)
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Followed by an interview with the director.

Thu 21 November - 16:45 - 20:22
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Fri 29 November - 13:15 - 16:37
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Credits

  • 182 min
  • color
  • 16mm
  • Spoken languages: German, French, English
Director
Romuald Karmakar
Production
Wolfgang Pfeiffer for Max Film Wolfgang Pfeiffer Filmproduktion, Anne-Marie Autissier for Eurocréation Productions
Cinematography
Michael Teutsch, Klaus Merkel, Reiner Lauter, Bruno Affret
Editing
Katja Dringenberg
Sound
Klaus-Peter Kaiser, Norbert Werner, Eckhard W. Kuchenbecher, Istvan Kerenyi
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IDFA history

2019
Screened
Focus: It Still Hurts
1993
Screened

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