Kohlhaas, or The Proportionality of Means
Slamdance Film Festival
After production pulls the funding for his 16th-century film about Hans Kohlhase, director Lehmann (Robert Gwisdek)—yes, the director in the film is named after the director of the film—refuses to abandon his dream and begs his cast and crew to help him finish filming. With no horses, no weapons or armor, no money and less than a dozen of the original cast and crew, they enlist the help of a mayor—who happens to be an "actor"—and his small town—most of the inhabitants of which happen to be "actors" as well—to pull it all off. As more and more things go wrong during filming, Lehmann must do everything in his power to convince those around him of the brilliance of imagination. Kohlhaas moves back and forth intelligibly from a faux documentary about Lehmann's film to the film itself, allowing for interesting bits of humor in certain transition points and making way for one of the greatest battle scenes in the history of Slamdance. The supporting characters are very well developed throughout this film, allowing the audience to not just care about them, but to fall in love with them. Aron Lehmann has found a wonderful balance of the comedic and the dramatic with this film, and certainly given the world something that is just fun to watch. Kohlhaas also stars Rosalie Thomass as Lisbeth, Lehmann's muse, Jan Messutat as Kohlhaas and Heiko Pinkowski (writer/actor from last years Spirit of Slamdance Award winner, Heavy Girls) as Rainer.