SATURDAY, October 22, 2016 | 7:30 PM | The Natural History Museum (theNAT)
GALA OPENING NIGHT WITH RECEPTION
Germany/ Belgium (2015), 120 min. DCP Projection. German and English with English Subtitles.
Failing arts journalist Sebastian Zöllner (Brühl) believes he has the perfect subject to jump-start his failing career: painter Manuel Kaminski (Christensen). As famous in his day for his progressive blindness as he was for his artwork, the now reclusive Kaminski is in the twilight of his years. Devious, obnoxious, and opportunistic, Zöllner plans to schedule the release of his book in time to capitalize on Kaminski’s imminent death, as well as expose his blindness as a gimmick. Hoping to earn Kaminski’s trust, Zöllner leads the artist on a journey to visit Kaminski’s lost love, Therese. What follows is a tragicomic road trip with the far from feeble Kaminski that is humbling experience for Zöllner, who finds that no amount of bravado will save his failing career or his many broken relationships. Reuniting both director and star of GOODBYE, LENIN!, Becker’s film is full of playful visuals and surprising supporting turns by such talents as Denis Levant and Geraldine Chaplin. The script, based on Daniel Kehlmann’s bestselling novel of the same name, deftly balances its comic moments with thoughtful ruminations on art and regret.
In Person: Director & Screenwriter Wolfgang Becker
Nominated for the German Film Awards 2016
Best Cinematography (Jürgen Jürges)
Best Original Soundtrack (Lorenz Dangel)
Best Editor (Peter R. Adam)
Best Make-Up Artist (Lazzarotto, Henny Zimmer)
Best Set Design (Christian M. Goldbeck)
Director: Wolfgang Becker
Screenplay: Thomas Wendrich, Wolfgang Becker, Daniel Kehlmann
Cinematography: Jürgen Jürges
Cast: Daniel Brühl, Jesper Christensen, Amira Casar
Producers: Wolfgang Becker, Stefan Arndt, Uwe Schott
Production: Company X Filme Creative Pool/Berlin, in co-production with ED Productions/Eupen, WDR/Cologne, ARTE/Strasbourg US
The Match Factory GmbH
Wolfgang Becker studied German, History, and American Studies at the Free University in Berlin, and in 1980 at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb). His graduation film SCHMETTERLING (1986) won the Student Academy Award (1988), the Golden Leopard at Locarno and the Saarland Prime-Minister's Award (1988). His films include KINDERSPIELE (1992), the documentary CELIBDACHE (1992), and the Berlinale competition features DAS LEBEN IST EINE BAUSTELLE (1997), and GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2003).
(Original German trailer version, Film will be screened with English subtitles at the festival)