Rainer Werner Fassbinder


“We lived down there on Sendlinger Street. Rainer’s grandma had forgotten to buy salt. As she was cooking she sent Rainer—he was five at the time—down to the grocer’s and told him to buy salt. Rainer didn’t come back. Grandma guessed where he’d gone and went to the Asam Church. He was standing at the front of the altar, looking around. She signaled to him to come, but he wouldn’t. This went on for a while until suddenly he said: You told me I’d find Lord Jesus in church, but I can’t see Him anywhere.

Lilo Pempeit, Fassbinder’s mother who appears in more than twenty of his films.