Marie Baümer plays Romy Schneider in Emily Atef’s “3 Days in Quiberon.”
Photo by Peter Harting - Rohfilm Factory - Prokino, courtesy of Metropolis
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Emily Atef's 2018 feature "3 Days in Quiberon" aspires to be two films in one. Most obviously, Atef has made a biopic of Romy Schneider, the beautiful, Austrian-born actor who died young, at the age of 44 .It may be because of Schneider's absence from contemporary popular culture (outside art house cinemas, at least) that Atef's film sets out to be more than a hagiographic biopic.Shot in shimmering black and white, "3 Days" recounts the last 72 hours of Schneider's 1981 detox session at a luxury spa in Brittany. The film's events took place a few months before her teenage son's accidental death (impaled on a spiked fence) and the actor died from cardiac arrest a year later.At times Schneider asserts herself as a strong figure, pointing out that she is not the characters she depicts in her film roles and that the public should take her seriously as an actor."3 Days in Quiberon" screens (with English subtitles) at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. German Film Week continues through Sept. 23 .
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