“Lou Andreas-Salomé: the Audacity to be Free” at the Village East Cinema


LOU ANDREAS-SALOMÉ, © courtesy of Cinema Libre

11.04.2018 - Article

Acclaimed German film “Lou Andreas-Salomé: the Audacity to be Free” by Cordula Kablitz-Post opens at the Village East Cinema on Friday, April 20, 2018.

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Born 1861, Lou Andreas Salomé shuns traditions in pursuit of intellectual perfection, inflaming the hearts and minds of the early 19th Century’s greatest thinkers including Friedrich Nietzsche, the poet Rainer Marie Rilke and Sigmund Freud.

Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who enraptured 19th century Europe’s greatest minds, recounts her life to Ernst Pfeiffer in this German film directed by Cordula Kablitz-Post. A published novelist, poet and essayist, Salomé’s desire to live a life free from convention scandalized society but spurred genius and passion in others, including Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Rée and her lover, the poet Rainer Maria-Rilke. Under the tutelage of Sigmund Freud, she became the first female psychoanalyst.

Lou Andreas-Salomé is played by four actresses representing four life stages with the principal adult role performed by Germany’s Katharina Lorenz (Tatort, Der Tel-Aviv-Krimi). Even as a young girl, Lou (played by Helena Pieske), had little tolerance for society’s gendered expectations. Even after her death, Lou has remained a controversial figure who was considered a groundbreaking philosopher and author by her famous male peers, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud, and a femme fatale by critics.

The award-winning film shines a light on the trailblazing life of the world’s first female psychoanalyst, author, and protofeminist, Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861 – 1937), at a time when Hollywood is waking up to women’s successes. “Lou was a myth even when she lived and she deserves to be rediscovered today as the woman behind the myth,” says Kablitz-Post.


  • Best Film: NDR Young Talents Award
  • Best Film: German Filmfestival Dinard/France “Die goldene Brezel” 2017
  • Main Award of the Socially Relevant Festival

Location and time:

Village East Cinema (181-189 2nd Ave @12th Street, NY, 10003)

Starts Friday, April 20, 2018

For tickets please visit: https://www.citycinemas.com/villageeast/film/lou-andreas-salome-the-audacity-to-be-free


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LOU ANDREAS-SALOMÉ© courtesy of Cinema Libre
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