Kings of the Road 4 K at Glasgow Film Theatre

kings of the road

10 – 13 July, 2022

Kings Of The Road is about a friendship between two men: Bruno, aka ‘King of the Road’ (Rüdiger Vogler), who repairs film projectors and travels along the western side of the East German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, aka ‘Kamikaze’ (Hanns Zischler), who is fleeing from his own past.

When Robert drives his old van straight into the Elbe river, he is fished out by Bruno. This is the beginning of their shared journey through a German no-man’s-land, a journey that leads them from the Lüneburg Heath to the Bavarian Forest.

Director Wim Wenders began the film without a script. Instead there was a route that he had scouted out beforehand: all of the little towns along the border that still contained a movie theatre in this era of cinematic mass extinction. The old moving van with the film projectors in the back becomes a metaphor of the history of film – it is no coincidence that the film is dedicated to Fritz Lang.

This ‘men’s story’ also includes themes on the absence of women, of loneliness and of post-war Germany.

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