by Angela Christlieb


Prepare for a world of grandeur, wealth and beautiful rent boys. This opulently filmed documentary follows Marc, an eccentric, amusing – and seriously rich – businessman in Luxembourg as he pursues his great passion: the opera Don Giovanni. He travels Europe to see performances every week, accompanied by a succession of young male ‚companions‘. Critically ill since childhood, Marc knows time is limited and he enjoys life to the full, surrounding himself with beautiful young men and staying at luxury hotels. Visually impressive and enormously entertaining. (OUT TAKES Festival NZ)



„(…)Rollinger cannot be trivialized by conventional means, and Christlieb also does not content herself with simply following her star. There are clearly staged scenes throughout the documentary, which thrive on visually opulent tableaus orchestrated by cinematographer Jerzy Palacz. It is in these moments that Rollinger’s self-dramatization reaches the border of absurdity and then goes a step further. The documentary creates a second layer, not merely as a narrative film, but rather as a search for the drama in Rollinger’s life through the means of poetics. Remarkably, neither the film nor its star lose their dignity in the process, a testament to the considerable directorial achievement.

In conclusion, „Naked Opera“ thrives on its exquisite visuals and its eccentric star. It caters to an audience that may otherwise have little interest in operas, dandies, and cultivated world-weariness. In short, it is a tragicomic, entertaining delight of high quality.“ (Robert Cherkowski, Filmstarts)



  • Heiner Carow Prize / Berlinale 2013
  • Press Jury Award / Message of Man FF St. Petersburg 2014


  • BERLINALE, Berlin (World Premiere)
  • Bogota FF
  • Discovery Zone, Luxemburg
  • DOCAVIV, Tel Aviv
  • DocPoint Helsinki
  • F.A.M.E Paris
  • Festival de Cinema, Quebec
  • Festival Mix Brasil de Cultura da Diversidade, Rio and Sao Paulo
  • Fünf Seen Festival, Starnberg
  • Galway, Fleadh FF
  • GAYMAT, Esch-sur-Alzette
  • German FF, Singapore
  • HOT DOCS, Toronto
  • Kino Pod Barami, Krakow GLFF
  • Message to Man FF St. Petersburg and Moskau
  • Out Takes 2013 New Zealand
  • Planet Doc Warsaw
  • Pornfilmfestival Berlin
  • Reykjavik IFF
  • Schwule Filmtage, Bielefeld
  • Singapore FF,
  • Sound Of Music FF Salzburg
  • Thessaloniki FF,
  • Transilvania IFF
  • Vilnius Documentary Film Festival


Preview Berlin: sept. 30, 6 pm at Kino Central
Preview Köln: oct. 8, 8 pm at Filmpalette Cologne


Release Date: October 10, 2013
Duration: 85 minutes
Country: Luxembourg, Germany
Distribution: Real Fiction
Cast: Christian Alfred Kahrer, Jordan Fox, Marc Rollinger, Nilton Martins
Director: Angela Christlieb
Screenplay: Angela Christlieb, Bady Minck, Philipp Reimer, Patricia Fürst
Cinematography: Jerzy Palacz
Editing: Pia Dumont
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, André Mergenthaler