Death Row 2

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Death Row II – Portrait: Blaine Milan / Portrait: Darlie Routier (USA 2013)
R: Werner Herzog; 110 Min, DCP; OV
Death Row II – Portrait: Douglas Feldman / Portrait: Robert Fratta (USA 2013)
R: Werner Herzog; 111 Min, DCP; OV
Deutschland-Premiere

Seit einiger Zeit beschäftigt sich Herzog mit dem Schicksal einer Reihe von Menschen, die in den USA zum Tode verurteilt auf ihre Hinrichtung warten. In den ersten Kapiteln seiner bereits zweiten DEATH ROW-Serie gelang es dem Chronisten physischer und psychischer Ausnahmesituationen ohne jeden Voyeurismus, ohne Verurteilung oder menschelndem Beigeschmack die Geschichten jener Insassen zwischen Leben und Tod aufzuzeichnen, sie zu befragen, ihnen zuzuhören. Menschen, die ihre eigenen Kinder ermordet, andere, die zufällig Vorbeikommende getötet haben. Jetzt hat Herzog diese Geschichten fortgeschrieben, gar vertieft, fragend und manchmal in einen Abgrund blickend. (Viennale)

Blaine Milam, the youngest death row inmate in Texas, and his girlfriend, Jessica Carson, have been sentenced for the murder of their thirteen-month-old daughter during an exorcism; they believed she was possessed by the devil. But the troubling question remains: who is the devil?
Darlie Routier is on death row for having stabbed her two young sons to death and was found with a knife wound on her throat. She pretends to be innocent, claiming an intruder had attacked her.

After a childhood filled with drugs and petty thefts, Douglas Feldman managed to graduate cum laude from college and traveled all over the world before fatally shooting a man driving an eighteen-wheel truck. Witnesses observed him ride up beside the truck on a motorcycle and fire multiple shots into the cab, causing the death of the driver. Approximately 30 minutes later, in Dallas, Texas, Feldman rode up beside an eighteen-wheel truck parked at a gas station and fatally shot another man, which resulted again in the death of the victim.
Robert Fratta hired two hitmen to kill his wife who was about to divorce him. Both his fellow death-row inmates and the prison guards describe him as the most frightening person they have ever met.

Portrait: Blaine Milan / Portrait: Darlie Routier: DO 2.1. 19:30
Portrait: Douglas Feldman / Portrait: Robert Fratta: SA 4.1. 21:30

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