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TALKING TO YOU. Christof Lauer (sax)

A film about the love of jazz, but also about the love of the saxophone, that magical instrument. "I tell something about myself by playing and putting together sounds. That's my story," says Christof Lauer. He is one of the great jazz saxophonists in Europe, was a member of Albert Mangelsdorff's quintet and the "United Jazz + Rock Ensemble". He was a soloist in the NDR Big Band in Hamburg for 25 years and has also been a soloist in the jazz ensemble of the Hessischer Rundfunk since 1970. How can the magic emanating from the tenor or soprano saxophone be explained? Who actually makes these instruments? And how did Christof Lauer manage to rekindle his love of jazz over decades? "Talking To You" penetrates the musical cosmos of an idiosyncratic musician who rejects any routine and persistently works on new forms. The main thing is that: "it has to be intense".

  • Lucie Herrmann
  • Lucie Herrmann
  • Lucie Herrmann
  • Christof Lauer
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 32 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 2, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    50 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, French, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
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  • Student Project:
  • Lichter Internat. Filmfestival
    Frankfurt am Main
    April 19, 2023
Distribution Information
  • Lucie Herrmann
    Country: Germany
    Rights: Theatrical, Video / Disc
Director Biography - Lucie Herrmann

After completing her studies in literature and sociology, of the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt and for two films as assistant directors at the "Kleines Fernsehspiel" (ZDF) Lucie Herrmann worked as a freelance author and editor in the field of culture. She has made many films for television, for HR, WDR, NDR, arte and 3-Sat-Kulturzeit, e.g. the features "Girls are great! - Women in rock music;" "Just be a pair of eyes. The artist Jeanne Mammen"; "Victorious red over Bitterfeld. The History of the Wolfen Film Factory". "Vices", film essay on W. Sofsky's "Sociology of Vices." Numerous short documentaries, including about Guiseppe Becce, Billie Holiday, Adolphe Sax, Seraphine Louis, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Unica Zürn, were made for the program "Rückblende". For the "International Women's Film Festival Dortmund" she produced a compilation film about the change in the image of women in film: "Of Screen Goddesses and Cybergirls". With her documentary film "Oh Horn!" she created a cinematic monument to the late Frankfurt jazz trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff and dedicated her second, self-produced jazz film to saxophonist Christof Lauer, who also lives in Frankfurt.

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Director Statement

I love Jazz and Christofs music.