Handicapped Love

[original title:  Behinderte Liebe]

Switzerland 1979. 4:3, 16mm, colour, 120 min.
 

Image: Amour Handicapé Image: Amour Handicapé

Handicapped people experience in an intensified form the difficulties of living as part of a society, of relating to other people. This film offers portraits of four handicapped persons who are attempting to transcend their isolation. In a group consisting also of non-handicapped people they attempt to reach solutions together.


The Group: The handicapped and the ‘normal’ dance together – a dance of liberation and awakening.
Portrait: Therese, born without arms and legs, is married to Wolfgang. At the university, she stands apart in one of the aisles. Therese has to appear happy, in order to be accepted.
Portrait:Jules, cerebral palsy, would like get married. He earns 2.20 francs an hour (approximately 1 dollar) and lacks the confidence to assert himself.
Portrait: Christoph, neuromuscular disorder, lives in a home, isolated, and is not supposed to express any aggressions. He must have recourse to fantasy to express his own reality.
The Group: The group wants to set up a sexual assistance organisation. Ursula says that one right alone will be of no help her.
Portrait: Ursula, neuromuscular disorder, would like to learn how to cry again. Paolo would like to love Ursula the way she wants him to, but he’s taken on more than he can manage and feels guilty about it. Ursula says, “I knew it all along really. I knew from the start that this was a game where I stood no chance at all.” A game? She has to hang her wishes on the wall in order to see them bloom. She says, “Because rejection is the hardest thing of all to take, you protect yourself against it and making demands, stop having desires. Eventually, you don’t even dare to want anything.”
The Group: the group splits up, it didn’t live up to its members’ expectations. The relationships experienced within the group are a reality which has failed the majority of its members –namely, the handicapped. At the village fair, the handicappes dance among the villagers.

DirectorMarlies Graf Dätwyler
ScriptGruppe Behinderte und Nichtbehinderte, Marlies Graf Dätwyler
WithGruppe Behinderte und Nichtbehinderte: Bernhard Bächinger,
Brigitte Baumeler, Jules Burgener, Ursula Eggli, Christoph Eggli,
Fredy Fuchs, Mimi Goossens, Rosmarie Hüsler, Matthias Loretan,
Pius Odermatt, Regina Personeni, Paolo Poloni, Wolfgang
Suttner, Therese Zemp.
PhotographyWerner Zuber
SoundFlorian Eidenbenz, Urs Kohler, Hugo Sigrist
EditingMarlies Graf Dätwyler
MusicKeith Jarrett, Köln Konzert
Fly-Orchestra Zürich
Mozart, Klavierkonzert Nr. 21 C-Dur
Sero-Sextett
CollaboratorsAufnahmeleitung, Script: Theres Scherer

Kameraassistent, Beleuchtung: Jürg Hassler
>br>Mischung: Peter Begert
Duration120 min.
Screening formats4:3, 16mm
Shooting format4:3, 16mm
VersionsSchweizerdeutsch / mit deutschen Untertiteln / mit französischen
Untertiteln / mit englischen Untertiteln / amerikanische Version 90 Min.
ReleaseSolothurner Filmtage 1979
FestivalsSolothurn 1979
Zürcher Filmpreis 1979
Qualitätsprämie EDI 1979
XXIX Intern. Filmwoche Mannheim
11. FESTIVAL INTERNATIOL DE CINEMA NYON
22. Intern. LEIPZIGER DOKUMENTAR – UND KURZFILMWOCHE
KOENIGLICHE CINEMATHEQUE BRUESSEL 1980
Film Festspiele Berlin 1980
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 1980
Melbourne Film Festival, Australia
9. festival international du nouveau cinéma montreal 1980
Fernsehspiel des Monats, BRD 1981

10. INTERN. FILMFESTIVAL FUER MENSCHENRECHTE, STRASSBURG 1981
XII semana international de cine de autor benalmadena malaga

18. ADOLF GRIMME-PREIS, BRD 1982
Florenz
Tampere-Filmfestival, Finnland
Distribution SwitzerlandFilmcoopi Zürich AG
Heinrichstrasse 114, CH-8005 Zürich
Postfach 1366, CH-8031 Zürich
Tel. 044 448 44 22 – Fax 044 448 44 28
info@filmcoopi.chwww.filmcoopi.ch
World RightsMarlies Graf Dätwyler, Hammerstrasse 38, CH-8008 Zürich. +41 44 381 80 75
marlies.graf@bluewin.ch
ProductionFilmkollektiv Zürich und
Marlies Graf Dätwyler, Hammerstrasse 38, CH-8008 Zürich. +41 44 381 80 75
marlies.graf@bluewin.ch