My first full-length-film “PESTILENCE” (84min) i shot in France and in Germany in 1977. The title is a hommage to Albert Camus’ novel “ La Peste”, because i used the basic
message of Camus’ novel: “inner immigration” and tried to transpond his feelings between the lines into another medium, the medium of running pictures, called movie or film. To reach this aim, i had to
invent a new kind of film: no dialogues, only the pictures are speaking. i am a painter and film-maker, i am thinking in pictures, not in words. i cannot remember names,numbers or formulas but faces,
landscapes and beautiful female bodies. My art-movies are no silent-movies. they are undersealed with an experimental soundtrack of avantgardistic tones. The PESTILENCE-sound is mainly composed by the
german composer Martin Almstedt, a student of the famous german composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The shootings took place in Besancon (France), a little town i knew of the descriptions of R. Stendhals novel “Rouge et Noir”. We were a small filmcrew: Main-actress Marion Hold (my first wife) at that time 24yo, nature-blond, 168cm, 58kg, depressive, smoker,drinker. Because i dont speak any word french, i had a personal translator, a really cute girl, cant remeber her name, but i remember her smooth, well-tasting body.It was a low-budget-production: only 40.000$ of my own money, therefore i had only a camera-assisent, who was working as sound-engineer too. I used a “Bolex 16mm” camera, lenses from “Schneider”, Agfa-reversal-film and a “Nagra”tape-recorder