The inspiration for “Pygmalion” came to me, when I stumbled across an article about the photo series “Men & Dolls” by the Danish photographer Benita Marcussen. It portrays the everyday life of adult men living together with life-size rubber dolls. However, these photographs don’t play into the common clichés I would have expected dealing with this topic. The photographed men appeared neither sexually abnormal nor perverted. It’s a sensitive perspective, which I recognized in these pictures and thus made me very thoughtful. I felt reminded of Ovids saga „Pygmalion“, which is about a sculptor creating a female statue and falling in love with his own work of art. That his ivory statue is subsequently transformed by Aphrodite into a human being goes hand in hand with the psychological and emotional need of the portrayed men in the photo series; because, in my view, both combine the need of compensating a bigger problem. In the case of “Pygmalion” it is the sculptor’s bad experience with the Greek Propoetids that turn him into a misogynist. For the men in the photo series great misfortune or loneliness led them to choose this unusual solution. I always have been fascinated by such deep-psychological experiences and the extreme situations of human existence that influence a substantial part of my work. In this sense, „Harald“, the main character of this short film, is a modern „Pygmalion“, who uses a mannequin to undo his own mistake and thereby he even tries to defy the finality of death. In addition to the level of personal significance, the film also deals with a social question. Is his daughter and the social environment ready to release the main character from his responsibility and, as bizarre it may sound, are they willing to let him find happiness in a fantasy world, respectively in a delusion?



André Hoven


Bastian Ried

Set designer

Regine Fendt


Mario Adorf


Gesine Cukrowski