July 11, 2008
Studio: Dokument Films
Director: Achim Bornhak
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Achim Bornhak, Dagmar Benke
Starring: Natalia Avelon, David Scheller, Matthias Schweighofer, Friederike Kempter
Copyright Holder: N/A
Exuding the sexy poutiness of a Teutonic Bridget Bardot gone wild and the underground glamour and bad-girl attitude of Kate Moss, with just a dash of Jane Fonda’s chic revolutionary zeal, Uschi Obermaier not only shook conservative German society but also the anti-establishment and feminist movements she became part of. The hippie nymph and successful model never let business get in the way of pleasure, flaunting her romances with the likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix. Obermaier was a teenage runaway from a small village who, after achieving early notoriety as a nude cover model for Stern (one of Germany’s leading magazines), became the it-girl of the Munich club scene. She soon joined Germany’s legendary and much-romanticized Kommune 1, famous for its strident anti-bourgeoise way of life. This touch of radical chic worked wonders for her profile: Obermaier and boyfriend Rainer Langhans, leader of the commune, became the pin-up couple of the revolutionary left; Germany's own John and Yoko. But for Obermaier, emancipation was about sexual freedom more than anything, and her celebrity and fun-loving ways led her away from activism to stints as a full-time Rolling Stones groupie and flirtation with acting (co-starring with a young Rainer Werner Fassbinder in one instance). Obermaier continued chasing independence with a new lover on a wild 10-year hippie adventure in a customized van – until tragedy forced her to question the price of freedom.