by Oskar Roehler
Country: Germany
Year: 2008
Duration: 94'

Germany, the Fifties. Lulu, a girl from a well-heeled, German family, meets Jimi, the son of a damaged African American World War II veteran, and falls head over heels in love. Lulu’s mother, Gertrud, together with her secret lover, Schultz, and a wicked old shrink, Von Oppeln, do all in their power to tear the two lovers apart, but the trio are only the first of many obstacles that will stand in the way of the couple’s passion.

“I wanted to make a film about an unconditional, great love. A film – almost ‘tactile’ – where I could draw on unlimited resources and pull out all the stops. I had my eye on making a genre film, and I wanted to put everything in it that’s fun for the audience, and what’s fun for me, starting with fights, these wild dance and party scenes, and going all the way to scenes that take place at night in bed, when two people talk about their yearnings. Maybe Lulu and Jimi is also really an homage to David Lynch, who is perhaps my greatest idol among the film directors who are still alive.”


film director

Oskar Roehler

Oskar Roehler (Starnberg, Germany, 1959) started his career as a screenwriter and in 1995 he directed his first film, Gentleman, which celebrated its premiere at the Munich Film Festival. After Sylvester Countdown, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997, No Place to Go (2000), was his breakthrough. The film was awarded the gold German Film Award. In 2003 he directed Angst that was in the competition at the Berlinale. His next film, Agnes and His Brothers, screened at the Horizon Series at the International Film Festival in Venice. In 2006, he adapted Michel Houellebecq’s novel The Elementary Particles, for which Moritz Bleibtreu received the Silver Bear as best actor at the Berlinale.


Gentleman (mm, 1995), Sylvester Countdown (1997), Gierig (1999), Latin Lover (TV, 1999), Die Unberuhrbare (Hanna Flanders - No Place to Go, 2000), Suck My Dick (2001), Fahr zur Hölle, Schwester! (Beloved Star, TV, 2002), Der alte Affe Angst (Angst, 2003), Agnes und seine Bruder (Agnes and His Brothers, 2004), Elementarteilchen (Le particelle elementari, 2006), Lulu & Jimi (Lulu and Jimi, 2009).


& Credits

regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Oskar Roehler
Wedigo von Schultzendorff
montaggio/film editing
Bettina Bohler
scenografia/production design
Eduard Krajewski
costumi/costume design
Esther Walz
Martin Todsharow
Axel Arft
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jennifer Decker (Lulu), Ray Fearon (Jimi), Katrin Sass (Gertrud), Olf Zacher (il padre di Lulu/Lulu’s Father, Daddy Cool), Udo Kier (il parrucchiere/Chauffer Schultz), Hans-Michael Rehberg (Von Oppeln), Bastian Pastewka (Ernst), Ulrich Thomsen (Harry Hass), Simon Boer (Richard), Lavinia Wilson (Anne), Catherine Flemming (Josephine), Alexander Beyer (Peter), Aaron Hildebrand (il teddy boy/Rockabilly)
Gabriela Sperl, Uwe Schott
Sperl + Schott Film, X Filme Creative Pool
Stefan Arndt, Denis Booth, Oskar Roehler, Christian Pape, Marc Rothemund
Elzévir Film, EMC Filmproduktion, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma
vendita all’estero/world sales
Beta Cinema