SUNDAY, October 23, 2016 | 4:00 PM | Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
Germany (2016), 103 min. German with English Subtitles.
Popular stand-up comedian Astrid Lorenz (Julia Jentsch), her manager/Markus (Bjarne Mädel) and their 9-year-old daughter, Nele (Emilia Pieske) lead a seemingly idyllic life. With Astrid‘s career on the rise, and a new baby boy on the way, things couldn’t be any better for the young family. When a 6 month check-up reveals that their unborn child has severe Down syndrome, the couple is devastated. Through the support of friends and family, they embrace their future with a differently-abled child. However, as Astrid’s pregnancy progresses, her doctors discover that the child’s condition is worse than expected. Quickly overwhelmed by the far-reaching consequences their child’s situation will have on all of their lives, Astrid is forced to make a difficult decision with no chance of an ideal outcome. Cinematographer Friede Clausz‘ strikingly intimate visuals capture the family’s most private moments. Writer-director Anne Zohra Berrached and co-writer Carl Gerber have crafted a story of a woman‘s dilemma and a family’s struggle to answer the unanswerable question: „Who decides whether a child will have a life worth living?“ in unflinching detail.
In Person: Actor Bjarne Mädel
Filmfest Emden 2016: AOK Award
GWFF-Award 2016: Production Award, Best Director
Neiße Film Festival 2016: Best Set Design
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2016: Audience Award
NDR-Director’s Award 2016
DEFA-Stiftung Development Award 2016
Berlinale 2016: Preis der Gilde deutscher Filmkunsttheater
Director: Anne Zohra Berrached
Screenplay: Carl Gerber, Anne Zohra Berrached
Cinematography: Friede Clausz
Cast: Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske
Producers: Thomas Kufus, Melanie Berke, Tobias Büchner
Production Company: zero one film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg/Ludwigsburg
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Anne Zohra Berrached was Born in Erfurt. After studying social pedagogy she worked as a drama teacher in London, and later studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg where she directed SAINT & WHORE (2012). Her feature TWO MOTHERS screened in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Berlinale 2013), winning the First Steps No Fear Award and the "Dialogues en Perspective" prize.
(German with English Subtitles)