SUNDAY, October 23, 2016 | 7:00 PM | Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
Germany (2015), 92 min. German and English with English Subtitles.
Beloved comedian Hape Kerkeling’s (Devid Striesow) lifelong desire to entertain people has led to a non-stop schedule of engagements, all driving him to the point of total physical exhaustion. Too restless to follow his doctor’s orders to take it easy, Kerkeling instead embarks on the legendary Camino de Santiago, or St. James‘ Way pilgrimage route through Southern France to Santiago Spain. Though initially only half-serious about the undertaking, opting to sleep in hotels and hitchhike for the early portions of his journey, Kerkeling‘s encounters with fellow pilgrims Stella (Martina Gedeck), and Lena (Karoline Schuch) as well as the mysterious stranger Americo (Birol Ünel) remind him that spiritual enlightenment is not only desirable but also attainable. Based on Kerkeling’s bestselling book of the same name, Julia von Heinz‘ film offers a thought-provoking, engaging and humorous take on the individual journey to self-discovery. Striesow’s performance flawlessly portrays Kerkeling’s unique style of self-depricating comedy, althewhile keeping the film‘s atmosphere light. Cinematographer Felix Poplawsky provides breathtaking shots of France and Spain capture to accompany Kerkeling on this deeply personal journey.
Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW): FBW 2015 – Prädikat: wertvoll
Director: Julia von Heinz
Screenplay: Jane Ainscough, Christoph Silber, Sandra Nettelbeck
Cinematography: Felix Poplawsky
Cast: Devid Striesow, Martina Gedeck, Karoline Schuch, Birol Ünel, Heiko Pinkowski
Producers: Nico Hofmann, Sebastian Werninger, Jochen Laube, Hermann Florin
Production Company: UFA Cinema/Munich Berlin Cologne Potsdam, in co-production with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany/Hamburg, Gesellschaft für Feine Filme/Berlin
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Julia von Heinz was born in 1976 in Berlin. After a degree in Cinematography, she worked as an assistant to Rosa von Praunheim at the “Konrad Wolf” University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her films have screened at international festivals and received the German Film Award, Bavarian Television Award, and Golden Sparrow. Her feature films include: WAS AM ENDE ZÄHLT (2007), STANDESGEMÄSS (2008), HANNI & NANNI 2 (2011), ROSAKINDER (2013) and HANNA'S JOURNEY (HANNAS REISE, 2013).
(German with English Subtitles)