The first shot is a static image: a view from the stage of a theatre onto the auditorium. In the foreground – and on the stage – lies a dog. A woman named Irene (Angela Schanelec), approaches it, pets it. This seems to be a rehearsal, a few people occupy seats in the auditorium, they are somewhat restless. It remains unclear whether the events being presented to us are indeed part of a rehearsal, or whether, assuming a rehearsal is indeed underway, they are merely occurring along its margins. Angela Schanelec’s film “Afternoon” never returns to this initial image, never returns to the theatre. Only later will a figure from the same scene – the one involving the woman and the dog – describe it as something she saw in the theatre. The film quits the theatre for good, and all subsequent events transpire either at a lakeside villa in Potsdam or in the streets of Berlin. And yet it becomes evident at the latest during the credits that this first scene has established a space of play that is derived from the theatre. “Afternoon” is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” – albeit a free one.
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Wenn’s juckt wird gejodelt (1975) Quirin Steinar, Fritz Korn, Olli Maier, Erich Kleiber, Comedy, Music, Erotic
The ship’s captain Sepp Brunn Höfer (Willy Harlander) returns after nearly twenty years, back to that passenger boat, which he took a long time with tourists down the river Rhine. Here he meets an old acquaintance, the pastor Bollinger (Helmut Gauer), who was one of the three former playboys on this boat, who all had all given birth to sons the world. All three are kind of same like Brunn Höfer, all of them left their numerous mistresses down. So they set out to make the search for the relatives, but soon reveal themselves and rather by accident to be daughters.
A Coffee in Berlin / Oh Boy (2012) Jan Ole Gerster, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Drama
This tragicomedy is a self-ironic portrait of a young man who drops out of university and ends up wandering the streets of the city he lives: Berlin. The film deals with the desire to participate in life and the difficulty to find one’s place.
Warchild / Stille Sehnsucht – Warchild (2006) Christian Wagner, Labina Mitevska, Senad Basic, Katrin Saß, Drama
A young mother, Senada, loses her child in the Bosnian war. Many years later, today, she learns that her child is still alive: with adopted parents in Germany. She sets off on a search for Aida, her daughter. Using her own resources, she travels illegally to Germany. Her odyssey ends at the home of the German couple, Heinle. But Aida is no longer the small child of the past. Her name is now Kristina. Senada is disturbed by this realization. She slowly grasps the fact that she must say goodbye to the beautiful, peaceful dream that has long ago been stolen from her.
Tag der Idioten / Day of the Idiots (1981) Werner Schroeter, Carole Bouquet, Ingrid Caven, Christine Kaufmann, Drama, Fantasy, Erotic
In this non-story of the mentally and emotionally impaired inhabitants of a clinic for the insane, the medical profession along with humanity is distorted into a long, filmic exhibition of sado-masochism, urination, and ample nudity for its own sake.
This Very Moment / Milchwald (2003) Christoph Hochhäusler, Sophie Charlotte Conrad, Leo Bruckmann, Judith Engel, Drama
This is the story of Sylvia, who looses her stepchildren on a shopping trip in Poland. For fear of loosing her husband’s love, too, she is unable to tell him what has happened and returns home, pretending anything is fine. When realising the missing of his children, the father starts a desperate retrieval. He is ready to give up anything in order to find them. Sylvia supports him in any way; she tries to comfort him and takes care of his hope’s vulnerable flame. For the first time he really needs her. While the children are trying their best to get home, the police fails in detecting their whereabouts. When a very vague trace leads to Poland, the parents hit the road to find their children on their own.
WOMAN’S LAKE takes places in the magical and largely undiscovered landscapes of Brandenburg, the hinterland around Berlin which is criss-crossed by Europe’s largest network of interconnected lakes. A glorious long weekend in the waning days of summer. The protagonist, Rosa, is a guardian of the lakes and waterways in the magical hinterland north of Berlin. Besides professional fishing, she is in charge of protecting the environment and issuing fishing licenses, therefore she is a thorn in the side of amateur anglers and tourists. Rosa’s lover Kirsten, a successful architect, lives in a lakeside bungalow, and together the couple play host to two brash and self-confident young students on a weekend break from Berlin. The four women’s intense sexual attraction is fueled by their profoundly different hopes, dreams and worldviews.
Bliss – directed by Doris Dörrie and adapted from the short story by Ferdinand von Schirach – recounts the tale of Irina, who leaves her war-torn country to become a prostitute on the streets of Berlin and Kalle, also living in on the streets of the German capital. These two individuals are alone and lost in the world until they are brought together through a chance encounter. As their relationship blossoms, a cataclysmic event threatens to destroy their fledgling love, with Kalle forced to extreme measures in order to preserve their happiness.
“Black Sheep” is about urban Berlin Lifestyle. About a bunch of hopeless losers, who are trying, to get the big money with the strangest plans. There is a Ex-Handmodel for Rolex, who wants to seduce a yuppie girl and cheat his insurance company. There is a East-German woman and her drunken artist boyfriend playing Lotto. Some satanists, who are planing a ritual with there grandmother. Two young anarchists, who are testing a new kind of Ego-economy. And last, but not least, three horny Turkish boys, who are stealing cash, to meet a prostitute. A lighthearted, stylish comedy in a electric Berlin, full of surreal moments. About material illusions and true love.
At Ellen’s Age / Im Alter von Ellen (2010) Pia Marais, Jeanne Balibar, Stefan Stern, Georg Friedrich, Drama
A woman puts herself through some remarkable changes in this drama from director Pia Marais. Ellen is a flight attendant edging into middle age who is growing disenchanted with her job and gets a wake-up call about her love life when her boyfriend Florian informs her he’s been sleeping with another woman – who is soon to make him a father. Florian proposes that he, Ellen and the other woman could all live together, which doesn’t agree with Ellen, and after she stuffers a panic attack during a flight, Ellen walks away from her job. With no idea of what she wants to do with herself, Ellen almost randomly falls in with a radical animal rights group and embraces a new life of political action, drugs and free love. Has Ellen truly embraced a new life, or is she simply reacting to her anger over what happened to the old one? Im Alter Von Ellen (aka At Ellen’s Age) was an official selection at the 2010 BFI London Film Festival.