Couch cinema fans should definitely check out LEUTNANT GUSTL (55th Hof International Film Festival) by Nick Hartnagel. Fascinating and wild at the same time, this one-hour nocturnal trip through Cologne is loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler. Available now on demand via Theater im Bauturm Cologne.
An indebted gambling addict without a high school diploma, the lowest rank in the army corps brings order to the chaos of Lieutenant Gustl's life. His military rank demands obedience, but also guarantees power over civilians, women and Jews. In one feverish night, the inner view of a radical loser is unsparingly revealed.
When Lieutenant Gustl, at the bourgeois prestige event "theater" of all places, is insulted by a master baker at the checkroom as a "dummer boy", a desperate inner struggle begins for him between the lieutenant's code of honor and the survival instinct of the fearful Gustl in uniform. While the hierarchical male order demands heroic suicide, the little human Gustl trembles for his little life.
A reunion on VOD that is worth seeing: