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Rusalka Variations

Inspired by Antonín Dvořák's opera "Rusalka".

Variations of intimacy.

During his trip to a hotel, radio presenter Prinz is haunted by fragmentary memories.
Did he drown Rusalka, the woman he loves? Uncertain, he enters the suite. Suddenly Rusalka appears before his eyes - in the form of a mermaid. Fascinated, he surrenders to her. This time she drowns him.
The next morning, Mr. and Mrs. Prinz gather silently at the breakfast table.
Was it all just imagination? Magic? Or did they live out a fantasy?

Three variations of the story blend into three variations of intimacy.

  • Hubertus Hinse
  • Hubertus Hinse
  • Hubertus Hinse
  • Christine Elsa Wagner
    Key Cast
  • Rolf-Dieter Frey
    Key Cast
    "Mr. Prinz"
  • Martina Topp
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Rusalka Variationen
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Erotic, Experimental, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    650 EUR
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    Digital, Blackmagic RAW
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Director Biography - Hubertus Hinse

Hubertus Hinse relocated to Regensburg, Germany, in 1993 to continue his studies of information science, psychology and German philology. He is cofounder of the company „Stadtmaus“, which won the Bavarian Innovation Award in the category tourism.
As trained drama teacher, qualified by the education association in Germany (BUT), the free artist coaches theatre, fencing and stage combat workshops, works as an actor, director and moderator and stages openair performances in the Upper Palatinate and Lower Bavaria.
He writes and acts for the children ́s theater production „Fjonn of the isles“ and - so far - published four audiobooks as coproduction of the „Stadtmaus“ and „micro music“ in Sinzing. His short movie „strange“ was nominated for the austrian zeitimpuls award.
His novel "Drudenherz" was first published in 2017, the film adaption debuted 2019 in Bavaria.

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Director Statement

The mermaid's fairy tale as well as the opera "Rusalka" is about desires and intimacy. The implied questions being: What is true intimacy? May you live out a forbidden fantasy? Should you listen to your desires at all?
The answer is usually "no".
Fairy tales and operas often glamorize the idea of choosing your own way of loving at first only to then punish those who try to really do it.
Not this time.
Finding someone who accepts your desires is the birth of true intimacy.