The legendary writer and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé is leading a lonely existence in Göttingen in 1933, threatened by the Nazi regime. When German philologist Ernst Pfeiffer enters her life, she begins to write her memoirs with him. Born 1861 in St. Petersburg, she vows never to fall in love and to pursue intellectual perfection. She meets Paul Rée and Friedrich Nietzsche and, against all conventions of time, Lou and Rée live and study together in Berlin. Lou attains her goal of an intellectual and free spirited life, but when she meets the young and still unknown writer Rainer Maria Rilke she falls in love. After they break up she has numerous affairs. Lou begins to attend Sigmund Freud’s lectures, becomes a well-esteemed psychoanalyst and finally recognizes the trauma of her youth.
CORDULA KABLITZ-POST was born in Aachen and studied German and English Literature and Theater Arts in Munich and Berlin. During her studies she worked in theater and as a script and continuity supervisor on feature films. For Uwe Schrader and Thomas Brasch she assisted in the direction and production departments, and began to direct and produce her own short films and music videos. Kablitz-Post wrote and directed numerous documentaries and artist’s portraits for the public broadcasters ARTE and ARD. In 1995 she founded her production company avanti media, which has since been awarded the Grimme Prize several times for the ARTE-documentary series INTO THE NIGHT WITH... . In 2002 she founded avanti media fiction and produced the successful cinema feature SOPHIIIE!!. In 2006 she produced the equally successful and award-winning fictional short HIGH MAINTENANCE. LOU ANDREAS-SALOMÉ is her first feature as a director.