‘Peter von Kant’ Trailer: ‘The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant’ Remake

Exclusive: On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of “Die bitteren Perlen der Petra von Kant” the Berlin hit celebrates its premiere on Frameline this weekend.

One of France’s most prolific filmmakers, François Ozon has directed 21 feature films and a handful of short films since 1997. However, his latest film, Peter von Kant, is one of the most unique films in the director’s career. The playful twist on Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant is more than just a gender-swapped remake of Fassbinder’s classic German film about an abusive fashion designer.

Ozon made waves by reimagining Fassbinder’s film as an experimental biography of the director himself, portraying Denis Menochet as a thinly veiled allegory for the legendary director, and replacing other characters in the film with members of his inner circle. The resulting film was a hit at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival and is set to make its North American cinema debut this weekend. Check out the exclusive trailer below.

In “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” Margit Carstensen played the fashion designer of the same name, who enters into a brutally sadomasochistic relationship with her young assistant. The melodramatic film was notable for its all-female cast and Fassbinder’s unique stylistic decision to confine most of the film to Petra’s apartment. The film is based on a play Fassbinder wrote and much of the four-act film uses an approach heavily influenced by the world of theatre. The 1972 film was one of Fassbinder’s first big hits and paved the way for more significant films like 1974’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

“Peter von Kant” stars Denis Menochet as the eponymous Peter von Kant, but doesn’t adhere to the gender-specific casting style of the original film. Also starring are Isabelle Adjani, Khalil Ben Gharbia, Hanna Schygulla (who starred in the original film), Stefan Crepon and Aminthe Audiard. Ozon directed from a script he wrote himself.

In his IndieWire review, Ben Croll praised Denis Menochet’s performance, saying that “Playing his character as a boisterous hybrid of John Falstaff and Franz Biberkopf, Menochet delivers the best work of his career at making a (self-referential) film brimming with contempt and rather marine gaze takes pleasure and leaves its mark in every single picture.”

“Peter von Kant” has its North American premiere on Sunday, June 26 at Frameline at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. The film recently screened at the Provincetown Film Festival. Strand Releasing will open the film in the US in 2022. Alongside the exclusive trailer, check out the poster campaign, one reimagining Andy Warhol’s iconic poster of Fassbinder’s Querelle and the other bringing a Warholesque twist to the cast of the ensemble.

Peter von Kant

“Peter von Kant”

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Peter von Kant

“Peter von Kant”

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