FILMS 2016

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24 Weeks © Zero One Film Friede Clausz
24 Weeks Critic's Pick
24 Wochen

DRAMA // 102 Min. // 2016 // 18+ // Australian Premiere
DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Anne Zohre Berrached
CAST: Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske, Maria-Victoria Dragus
LANGUAGE: German with English subtitles
A couple's joy at expecting their second child turns to anguish in this hard-hitting drama. We first meet Astrid on the set of her stand-up comedy show, where she announces her pregnancy to the studio audience. However, six months in, a routine check-up reveals to Astrid and her husband Markus a 98% chance that their unborn child will have Down Syndrome. Director Anne Zohra Berrached unflinchingly explores the confronting moral dilemma and the agonising decision which awaits her powerful protagonist - how does one decide whether a life is worth living?

24 Weeks, her third film, was the only German film to have a world premiere at the Berlinale 2016. Berrached's most recent works have cemented her status as an up-and-coming director and demonstrated her insightful explorations of female characters and perspectives. www.24wochen.de Screening in:
Sydney
Monday 21 November
Palace Norton Street

6:30 pm

Wednesday 23 November
Palace Norton Street

6:30 pm

Melbourne
Monday 21 November
Kino Cinemas

6:30 pm

Wednesday 23 November
Palace Westgarth

6:30 pm

FESTIVALS: Berlinale 2016 (In Competition)

QUOTES FROM CRITICS:
Critic's Pick Margaret Pomeranz: "My critic’s pick for the German Film Festival is 24 Weeks, a stunningly performed, beautifully directed film about a decision none of us would want to have to make. Any crisis in a family can disrupt relationships and those elements have been so realistically and compassionately realised by the director Anne Zohra Berrached that I found myself extraordinarily moved by the film. Berrached has been blessed by simply superb performances not just from Julia Jentsch but also by Bjarne Mädel. You cannot fail to be deeply affected by 24 Weeks."

"A brave, important, emotionally charged drama from Germany. A Berlinale highlight featuring a stand-out performance by home-grown actress Julia Jentsch." Paul Heath, The Hollywood News