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Jack©Jens Harant
Jack
Jack

ART, CHILDREN & YOUTH, COMING-OF-AGE, DRAMA // 103 Min. // 2014 // 15+*
DIRECTOR: Edward Berger // SCREENPLAY: Edward Berger, Nele Mueller-Stöfen
CAST: Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Nele Mueller-Stöfen
Jack is a 10-year-old whose life in a fatherless home has given him maturity way beyond his years. He cooks dinner, looks after his little brother Manuel and fills most of the housekeeping gaps left by Sanna, his frequently absent and neglectful mother. Whatever semblance of stability Jack knows is suddenly shattered and he’s placed in a state-run home. Following a tragic incident Jack runs away with his brother Manuel and embarks on a dangerous and disturbing journey across Berlin. The little boy must draw on everything he knows about the adult world to survive on the streets and find his mother. Ivo Pietzcker gives an astonishing performance as this brave, scared, determined and amazingly resourceful boy. In the tradition of Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows (1959) and the eponymous hero of Pixote (1981), Jack is a boy you’ll never forget.
www.jack-film.de FESTIVALS: Berlinale 2014 (In Competition), CPH PIX 2014, Edinburgh 2014, Melbourne 2014
AWARDS: Bavarian Film Prize 2014 (Best Newcoming Producers)

*Audience members under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Edward Berger was born in Wolfsburg in 1970 and studied Directing at New York University. He co-founded the production company “Hound Dog Films Inc.” and has worked as both a writer and director. His other works include Gomez – Heads or Tail (1998), Female2 seeks Happy End (1999), Willkommen im Club (TV, 2004), Windland (TV, 2007), Ein gutter Sommer (TV, 2011), and Mutter muss weg (TV, 2012).