Alexandre Rockwell's full-length debut, which he himself described in three words: "cool, low-budget and independent." This is an apt description of the director's adaptation of the story by the German writer and revolutionary Georg Büchner (the author of, among other works, Woyzeck, which was adapted for the big screen by Werner Herzog). Rockwell took a rather loose approach to the original material and moved the action from 18th-century Germany to contemporary America, specifically the Upper East Side of New York City. At the same time, however, he remained faithful to the main theme of the text and made his film a chronicle of the gradual descent into madness. The film's disturbing but also strangely magnetic aura is intensified by the unusual conditions under which it was made. Instead of using professional actors, the director cast nothing but amateurs, including his friends and family members, as well as various New York outsiders. The result of their efforts has gained recognition in Europe, especially in Germany. Lenz premiered at the Berlin Festival and was then presented over many months at midnight screenings in cinemas in the German capital.
Born in Boston in 1956, Alexandre Rockwell is a director, screenwriter and producer and one of the leading representatives of New York's independent cinema scene. He is the grandson of Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff, the inventor of the pinscreen technique. His most-acclaimed films include Somebody to Love and In the Soup. He also directed the episode The Wrong Man as part of the film Four Rooms.
1983 Bohater / Hero
1992 Ugotowany / In the Soup
1994 Pokochać kogoś / Somebody to Love
1994 Cztery pokoje (The Wrong Man) / Four Rooms (The Wrong Man)
2002 13 Moons
2013 Stópki / Little Feet