Romuald Karmakar's work in the fields of fiction and documentary holds a unique place in European film. It also stands in clear opposition to the dominant ways of the German film industry - both aesthetically and in its head-on treatment of several sore spots in German history. Time and again the 45-year-old director has engaged with "impossible" characters and "borderline" subjects: mercenaries, a notorious Nazi speech, the terror of being in a relationship, an imprisoned serial killer, or what it means to truly experience electronic and techno music. The book presents Karmakar's work in its entirety for the first time. It includes a 130-page essay by Olaf M ller, several conversations with the artist, an annotated filmography, and selected writings by Romuald Karmakar, including a number of unproduced treatments.
Olaf M ller (* 1971), based in Cologne/Germany, is an independent film expert, author, curator and European editor of Film Comment. His books include other works in this series, on John Cook, Michael Pilz, and Dominik Graf. Michael Omasta (* 1964) is a film historian and the film editor for the Austrian weekly Falter. He has (co-)edited several books, on Peter Lorre, Carl Mayer, Claire Denis, Film Noir, and Alexander Hammid, among others.