DCA Film Club Week 16: Epilogue


17 July 2020

Welcome back to Film Club! We'll be recommending great films to watch at home, before meeting in our Facebook group or your preferred social media to chat about the film using #DCAFilmClub!

DCA Film Club sees our Cinema Team talk about our favourite filmmakers by looking at their short films. We hope they will inspire you to go off and watch something else, be it online or at a cinema near you (when it reopens of course). You can read our Head of Cinema Alice's full introduction to DCA Film Club here.

This week, Alice has chosen 1992 short Epilogue by Tom Tykwer. Read on for Alice's introduction, then watch the film for free on Youtube. Enjoy!

German filmmaker Tom Tykwer burst onto the international scene with his energetic cult hit Lola rennt (Run Lola Run) in 1998. It was the kind of film that turned a generation of young viewers on to watching films with subtitles. Since then his filmmaking has continued to cross genre boundaries, sensibilities and styles (sometimes all in the same film) and often includes stories told in non-linear ways from multiple points of view.

"Tykwer started making Super 8 films at the age of 11."

Tykwer started making Super 8 films at the age of 11. After his effort to enrol in nearly all film schools around Europe had failed, he started working as a projectionist. Towards the end of the 80s, he became a programmer in a Berlin cinema and a film critic. In 1990, he made his first film Because, and two years later his second, Epilogue. Entirely self-financed, Tykwer was plunged into debt after the film was finished and summoned to court. His directorial career looked like it was over but, just in the nick of time, one of his scripts was accepted for a television production. The rest, as they say, is cinema history.

Epilogue is the story of a relationship break-up gone horribly wrong. A two-hander, it begins as an exercise in chamber theatre but very quickly reveals the kind of virtuosic camera movement and unreliable storytelling that Tykwer and his longstanding director of photography Frank Griebe are known for. Constantly playing with your expectations and assumptions, Tykwer's tongue-in-cheek direction slyly contradicts the pessimistic mood of the piece, as Rainer and Nadja quarrel for the last time.

"There’s a pace and energy to his work that is palpable."

One thing that is certain about Tykwer’s films is that they are always engaging. You might find some of them exasperating ( I know I do - Cloud Atlas) but you will never be bored. There’s a pace and energy to his work that is palpable. More recently, Tykwer has found a new outlet for all his creative energy with the TV series about the Weimar era, Babylon Berlin. If you are looking for a new box set to keep you entertained until cinemas reopen, definitely put it on your list. You won’t be disappointed.

Further reading and links

Faubourg Saint-Denis (2006) - Also called True, this short love story starring Natalie Portman was Tykwer’s contribution to the portmanteau feature Paris, Je T’aime.     

Tykwer’s feature films are mostly available to rent on the usual platforms including YouTube, Amazon Video, iTunes. We recommend:

Run Lola Run
The International
Cloud Atlas
A Hologram for a King

His television series Babylon Berlin has three seasons and is available on Now TV and Sky Atlantic.  

At the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, Tykwer gave this hour-long masterclass where he talked about his career and his process. It’s a fascinating insight into his work and creative practice.

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