Review 2015

Review 2015

As we were Dreaming As we were dreaming Feature Film // 177 min. // Germany, France, 2015

Director: Andreas Dresen // Actors: Merlin Rose, Julius Nitschkoff, Joel Basman, Marcel Heuperman, Frederic Haselon, Ruby O. Fee

Leipzig suburbs, shortly after the collapse of East Germany. Rico, Daniel, Paul and Mark, until recently still Pioneers with their red neckerchiefs, are growing up in the maelstrom of the newly reunited country. Yesterday's rules no longer matter today. They turn night into day and the streets into an adventure playground. The boys run wild and hang out in the neighbourhood, steal cars, try out drugs and the new swingers' club. They open their own disco which is soon besieged by neo-Nazi skinheads. Everything is in a state of flux and decay, everyone is overflowing with dreams: Rico longs for a boxing career; Daniel yearns to have a grand love affair with Little Star, the most beautiful girl Leipzig has ever known.

Screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase and acclaimed director Andreas Dresen have transformed the 2006 multi-award-winning debut novel from Leipzig author Clemens Meyer into a cinematic parable about friendship and betrayal, hope and illusion, brutality and tenderness. They tell the story of a lost youth and at the same time present a tale of rebellion and the perpetual Utopian dream of great happiness.

www.alswirtraeumten.de
Andreas Dresen, born in Gera, Germany in 1963, he gained his first practical film experience as an assistant director at DEFA. He subsequently studied directing at the University of Film & Television Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg and, since 1992, has been a director of film, theatre and opera. His film Halbe Treppe (Grill Point) was a worldwide success and won awards including the Jury Grand Prix – Silver Bear at the 2002 Berlinale. In 2011 Halt auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track) won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival. Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming) is his third film to be screened at the Berlinale Competition.

Auf das Leben! To Life! Feature Film // 85 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Uwe Janson // Actors: Hannelore Elsner, Max Riemelt, Sharon Brauner, Aylin Tezel

Ruth, a grand lady, sarcastic but very warm-hearted, an elderly woman, who, despite her traumatic childhood, stands with both feet planted firmly in the midst of life. Jonas, meanwhile, is twenty-nine, lives in a minibus after splitting up with his girlfriend, is fighting the first signs of serious illness, has given up his employment training scheme and, fully aware he is heading down a one-way street, seeks distraction from his hopelessness by living a lifestyle best described as ""excessive"". Despite their great age difference, despite their lifetime experiences that could hardly be more different, and as individual the strokes of fate and misfortune that have taken their toll, their mutual wish to help the other back on his and her feet is so incredibly strong that before long both Ruth and Jonas are not afraid to adopt even the most unusual of measures.

Auf das Leben! is a grand art house production with an eye for detail, refined with a healthy dose of sarcasm and Jewish folklore which makes the story even more delightful.

www.aufdasleben-film.de
Uwe Janson, born in 1959, studied sociology, political science and German language and literary studies. He worked as an assistant director and founded the film distribution initiative ""Konterbande"" in 1987. Since 1994, he has been a lecturer at dffb Berlin and has been a member of the managing board of the German Directors’ Association since 1997. Having made 29 films between 1989 and 2005, Uwe Janson is among the most prolific and versatile German directors who masters all genres from dramas, comedies, thrillers to stage-to-film adaptations without any difficulty.

Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery Documentary// 102 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Arne Birkenstock // Featuring: Wolfgang und Helene Beltracchi

A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of 20th-century masters. A larger-than-life personality who was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the post-war era. An expert in art history and painting techniques, he tracked down the gaps in the oeuvres of great artists and filled them with his own works. He and his wife Helene fooled renowned experts, curators and art dealers.

In Beltracchi - The Art of Forgery, Wolfgang and Helene Beltracchi chat openly – with great wit and charm – about their quixotic adventures in an overheated art world ruled by blind greed, and in which apparently no one has an answer to the question as to what is an original, and what is a forgery.

www.beltracchi.senator.de
Arne Birkenstock was born in 1967. He is an author, film director and film producer. He studied economics, political science, history and Romance studies in Cologne, Buenos Aires and Córdoba and has lived, worked and studied in the USA and Argentina for a considerable period of time. He is a member of the German Film Academy, the European Film Academy, the European Documentary Network (EDN) and of the German Documentary Association (agdok).

Concrete Love – The Böhm Family Concrete Love – The Böhm Family Documentary // 88 min. // Germany / Switzerland, 2014

Director: Maurizius Staerkle Drux // Featuring: Gottfried Böhm, Elisabeth Böhm geb. Haggenmüller, Paul Böhm, Peter Böhm, Stephan Böhm

Gottfried Böhm is widely regarded as Germany’s preeminent architect. The son of a master builder of churches, he is the patriarch of an architecture dynasty to which his three sons Stephan, Peter and Paul belong. By realizing outstanding prominent buildings of their own, the Böhm fils have managed to step out of the shadow of their famous father. Gottfried, now 94, still contributes on a daily basis to the work on current planning and construction projects. With the death of his wife Elisabeth, also an architect and a key source of inspiration for all four Böhms, the family loses its emotional centre. Can the fragile architecture of the family business persist? The film paints an intimate and pointed portrait of the complexity and inseparability of love, art and architecture.

www.dieboehms-film.ch
Maurizius Staerkle Drux was born in 1988 in Cologne, but grew up in Zurich. Influenced by his parents who were both artists, Maurizius has since childhood moved between the world of language and the world of images that both come together in his films. Since graduating from the Zurich University of the Arts, he has been working as a sound designer and documentary film maker.

The Bunker The Bunker Feature Film // 85 min. // Germany, 2015

Director: Nikias Chryssos // Actors: Pit Bukowski, Daniel Fripan, Oona von Maydell, David Scheller

A young student is lodging with a family in the forest where the peace and seclusion of their subterranean bunker will allow him to concentrate on an academic work. The family welcomes him with great friendliness and, at first, everything seems to be fine. But after a while the parents increasingly use the student as a private tutor for their eight year old son, Klaus, who up until now has been educated exclusively by his father at home. They want the boy to receive a comprehensive education – this includes the study of global financial systems and Machiavellian machinations.

As the student has less and less time to devote to his own work, cracks start to appear in the family's facade. A highly neurotic web of relationships is revealed, the chief victim of which is the young Klaus. Totally overwhelmed by the excessive expectations of his parents, the child has no opportunity to play or let off steam. When the student sides with Klaus against his domineering parents, the situation threatens to spiral out of control.

www.derbunker-film.de
Nikias Chryssos, born in Leimen near Heidelberg in 1978, he studied film directing at the Film Academy Baden-Wurttemberg. Whilst still a student, he was selected for the ‘Residence du Festival de Cannes’. Nikias Chryssos is a Berlinale Talents alumnus and took part in the master class ‘The Hollywood Perspective’ at UCLA in California. His short films were screened at the Berlinale as well as at numerous other festivals and gained him a number of international awards. The Bunker is his first feature film.

Eltern Eltern Feature Film // 99 min. // Germany, 2013

Director: Robert Thalheim // Actors: Charly Hübner, Christiane Paul

Christine (Christiane Paul) und Konrad (Charly Hübner) live the concept of a “modern family”: Konrad stayed home in recent years and took care of his two daughters. Meanwhile, his wife Christine pursued her career as an anaesthetist and provided for the family. After a long and not entirely voluntary break, Konrad has the chance to return to his job as a theatre director.

However, Konrad`s attempt to emancipate himself from the now entrenched gender roles within his family life proves to be more difficult than expected. Christine struggles to take her husband`s new role seriously and the children fight hard to keep the dad at home. Moreover, their au pair Isabel proves to be an additional burden. The resulting organisational and emotional chaos between daily life, family, and self-realisation reveals deeper cracks in Konrad and Christine`s relationship, and threatens to rip the family apart.

www.eltern-derfilm.de
Robert Thalheim, born July 2, 1974 in Berlin, graduated from high school in Indiana, USA, in 1992, and finished school in Germany in 1995. From 1997 to 1998, Thalheim worked as an assistant director at the Berliner Ensemble. From 1998 on, he studied at FU Berlin but enrolled at Filmhochschule Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 2000 to study directing. In 2005, Thalheim made his feature film debut as a director with Netto, a film about a father-son relationship that was shown at various festivals and won several awards, including the "Förderpreis Langfilm" at the 2005 film festival "Max Ophuels Preis" in Saarbrucken. Thalheim's second film Am Ende kommen Touristen (And Along Come Tourists) premiered at the 2007 Cannes film festival. The film was nominated as Best Picture at the 2008 German Film Awards, while lead actor Alexander Fehling won the Förderpreis Deutscher Film for his performance. Robert Thalheim's third feature film Westwind was released in August 2011. The same year, he was one of the co-directors of "Rosakinder", a cinematic homage to filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

The Invention of Love The Invention of Love Feature Film // 99 min. // Germany, 2013

Director: Lola Randl // Actors: Maria Kwiatkowsky, Sunnyi Melles, Bastian Trost, Samuel Finzi

The Invention of Love is the story of an eccentric ménage-à-trois. Emily and Daniel heroically save the life of a terminally ill millionaire, not realizing that the woman was actually trying to commit suicide. Emily, who is young, ambitious, creative but penniless, comes up with the idea for her boyfriend to seduce the millionaire to get their hands on her inheritance. Unfortunately love cannot be controlled, so when Daniel and the millionaire really do fall in love, Emily loses a lot more than she had bargained for. A bizarre story of love sold.

www.dieerfindungderliebe-derfilm.de
Lola Randl was born in Munich in 1980. She studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and graduated in 2007. Her first feature film Days In Between premiered at the Berlinale - Perspektive Deutsches Kino and has been shown at festivals in Sofia, Trieste, Karlovy Vary, Shanghai and Chicago. The award winning director is currently working on a new project.

Suck Me Shakespeer Suck Me Shakespeer Feature Film // 118 min. // Germany, 2013

Director: Bora Dagtekin // Actors: Elyas M'Barek, Karoline Herfurth

When Zeki (Elyas M'Barek) gets out of prison, he has to face the fact that a school has been built on the site where he hid his loot. He thus decides to pass himself off as a substitute teacher where he soon runs across the dedicated trainee teacher Lisi Schnabelstedt (Karoline Herfurth). When she realizes he doesn't take his job very seriously, she makes sure he gets assigned to the class that every teacher at the school fears. Using unorthodox but highly effective teaching methods, Zeki manages to get the troublemakers back in line. Meanwhile a love story evolves between the two new colleagues and Zeki soon has to decide whether to fight for this love.

In the highly successful film Suck Me Shakespeer the director and screenwriter Bora Dagtekin attacks playfully and with a lot of humour the smugness in German school rooms. Suck Me Shakespeer mixes the genre school comedy with coarse manners and witty yet trenchant dialogues.

www.fjg-film.de
Bora Dagtekin was born in Hannover on October 27, 1978. He studied screenwriting at the Ludwigsburg film school. In 2007, he and Steffi Ackermann developed the sitcom Doctor's Diary, which won him the 2008 German Television Award, the 2009 Grimme Award and the 2009 Bavarian Television Award. Dağtekin also wrote the TV feature films Eine wie keiner and Undercover Love. Suck Me Shakespeer surpassed the commercial success of its predecessor and all expectations. In less than four months it attracted more than seven million viewers. At the German Film Award 2014 Bora Dağtekin received a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Family Fever Family Fever Feature Film // 78 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Nico Sommer // Actors: Kathrin Waligura, Peter Trabner, Deborah Kaufmann, Jörg Witte,
Anais Urban, Jan Amazigh Sid

Maja's and Uwe's relationship is stuck in their everyday routine. Their marriage is monotonous. Meanwhile, their daughter Alina is calling for a family gathering with her new boyfriend Nico's parents to celebrate their newfound love. Badly prepared, they head for a place in Brandenburg. However, the scheduled family meeting holds some interesting surprises: Maja realises that Nico’s father is actually her secret affair. She thus tries desperately not to show to anyone.

Nico Summer is a young filmmaker. Family Fever is his second feature-length production after his acclaimed feature debut Silvi. Despite his young age, he dealt with weighty themes such as love, life and suffering of the generation 40+ in both films.

www.suesssauerfilm.de/familienfieber
Nico Sommer was born in 1983 in Berlin, from 2006 studied film direction feature and documentary and visual communication at the University of Kassel. While still a student he founded the production company süssauer Film. His feature film debut was a youth story Silent Spring in 2008. On the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival Silent Spring was awarded the Golden Hercules prize.
His movie, Family Fever (2014), was awarded at the Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize, the price of the Saarland Prime Minister. At the same year Nico Summer received the Best Director prize for this film at the Achtung Berlin Film Festival.

Flights of Fancy Flights of Fancy Feature Film // 90 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Christian Bach // Actors: Tobias Moretti, Jonas Nay, Stephanie, Japp, Hanna Plaß, Ella Frey

Simon falls head over heels in love with pretty and quick-witted Verena. When his father, who suffers from schizophrenia, has a relapse, Simon devotes himself completely to his mother and his little sister and endangers his budding romance. Only when maneuvering himself into a near-fatal situation, Simon realizes that he cannot change other people’s lives, but only his own.

Flights of Fancy is an emotionally gripping account of a first love and of a son’s loyalty to his father, played with mesmerizing intensity by sensational newcomer Jonas Nay and by internationally acclaimed Tobias Moretti. Both actors were honored with the Best Actors Prizes at the Bavarian Film Award 2013 for their outstanding performances.

www.hirngespinster.de
Christian Bach was born 1977 in Düsseldorf, Germany. After finishing high school, he attended the European Film College in Denmark, where he started making short films as director, screenwriter and editor. Bach worked for Gemini Film, Cologne, where he assisted on international feature film productions. In 2009, he received his diploma in directing at the Academy for Television and Film (HFF) in Munich, Germany. At this time, he was still focusing on producing short films like Heat Stroke and Behind the Dunes as director and screenwriter. Flights of Fancy was his debut feature.

Labyrinth of Lies Labyrinth of Lies Feature Film // 123 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Giulo Ricciarelli // Actors: Alexander Fehling, Johann von Bülow, Friederike Becht,
André Szymanski, Johannes Kirsch, Gert Voss

Germany in 1958 was in a post-war reconstruction phase, a nation with a strong economic boom. Johann Radmann (Alexander Fehling) is a young prosecutor and must take care, like all newcomers, of mundane things like traffic offenses. A journalist Thomas Gnielka (André Szymanski) ensures his case is heard at the courthouse: a friend of him has detected a teacher as a former Auschwitz guards, but nobody wants to take up his display. Against the will of his immediate supervisor, Radmann begins to deal with the case - and stumbles upon a web of repression, denial and glorification of the past. In these years either no one ever heard of the word ""Auschwitz"", or wanted to forget it as soon as possible. Only Attorney General Dr. Fritz Bauer (Gert Voss) supports Radmann’s curiosity.

When Radmann and Gnielka find documents that lead to the perpetrators, Bauer recognizes immediately the highly explosive political subject and commissiones Radmann officially to further the investigation. He immerses himself completely in his new job and is making every effort to find out what really happened.

Based on real events, Labyrinth of Lies offers a very unique look at the economic miracle years in Germany, when - in the years of Petticoat and Rock'n Roll - people wanted to forget the past and would rather look towards the future. It is a captivating story of courage, responsibility and the struggle for justice.

www.imlabyrinth-film.de
Giulo Ricciarelli was born in Milan in 1965. After completing his education at the Otto Falckenberg Schule in Munich, he began his career as a stage actor, performing at the Theater Basel, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theater Oberhausen, Schauspiel Bonn and Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel München, among others. Since the mid-1990s, he has also played numerous roles in film and TV. In 2000 he founded Naked Eye Filmproduction in Munich together with Sabine Lamby and has produced numerous award-winning films, including Birthday (2001), Fremder Freund (2003) and Wie Licht schmeckt (2005). In addition to his work as a producer, Ricciarelli is also active as a director and screenwriter.

Jack Jack Feature Film // 103 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Edward Berger // Actors: Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Vincent Redetzki

Jack (Ivo Pietzcker) is ten years old and is living at an orphanage. It is summer. The anticipation of the holiday is great. But on the promised day nobody comes to pick him up. His mother Sanna (Luise Heyer) calls and comforts him. Jack is left alone with Danilo and the educators. There is a dispute in which he injures his roommate. Terrified, he runs home to seek refuge. But no one is at home.

Together with his six year old brother Manuel, Jack begins the search for their mother. Over several days, they walk through the city and follow her trails. They are all alone, yet no one seems to care. One night, the light is on in their apartment. Jack and Manuel run home, where their mother awaits and welcomes them warmly in her arms. Together they have dinner. Jack tries to tell her what has happened, but Sanna does not listen. He thus has to take a drastic decision.

Jack is a film about the journey of a boy who had to learn early to take responsibility for his life.

www.jack-film.de
Edward Berger, born in Wolfsburg in Germany in 1970, he graduated in directing at NYU in New York in 1984. After gaining experience with US independent production company Good Machines and working on films by directors including Ang Lee and Todd Haynes, he wrote and directed his first feature, Gomez, in 1998 and then worked as a writer and director on a number episodes of the TV serie KDD. In 2012 he won the Grimme Award for his television film Ein guter Sommer (A Good Summer). He developed Jack together with Nele Mueller-Stöfen, based on her screenplay.

Stations of the Cross Stations of the Cross Feature Film // 107 min. // Germany / France, 2014

Director: Dietrich Brüggemann // Actors: Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz, Florian Stetter

Maria finds herself caught between two worlds. At school this 14-year-old girl has all the typical teenage interests, but when she’s at home with her family she follows the teachings of the Society of St. Pius XII and their traditionalist interpretation of Catholicism. Everything that Maria thinks and does must be approved by God. And since the Lord is a strict shepherd, she lives in constant fear of committing some misconduct. Whilst Maria’s mother takes a tough line in compelling her daughter to stay on the path of righteousness, her father is often reticent and stands back during critical moments. Conflicts intensify as arguments erupt with teachers and doctors. Desperate to please everyone, Maria soon finds herself trapped in the crossfire. How can she reconcile her feelings for a fellow pupil with her vow to maintain purity of heart in her love for God? Will the Lord demand a tremendous sacrifice so that her brother can be healed from his sickness?

Dietrich Brüggemann unfolds his young protagonist’s emotional ordeal in fourteen images based on the Stations of the Cross, from ‘Jesus is condemned to death’ to ‘Jesus’ body is laid in the tomb’.

www.kreuzweg-derfilm.de
Dietrich Brüggemann, born in 1976 in Munich, studied film directing from 2000 to 2006 at the HFF Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg. After several short films his feature Neun Szenen was shown at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival, ran at festivals at home and abroad and was awarded several prizes, including the prize for the best feature film at the Achtung Berlin Festival. Renn, wenn du kannst opened in 2010 the Perspektive Deutsches Kino at the Berlinale, screened at around 30 festivals worldwide and won jury and audience awards. As with the first two films, in 2012 he developed the script for 3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad together with his sister Anna Brüggemann. Stations of the Cross is the fourth joint work of the two. In addition, Dietrich Brüggemann directed numerous music videos, including for Thees Uhlmann and Judith Holofernes, and plays piano for accompanying silent films.

Phoenix Phoenix Feature Film // 98 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Christian Petzold // Actors: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Imogen Kogge

June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly returns to Berlin. She is accompanied by Lene, a Jewish Agency employee and Nelly’s friend from pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny – the love of her life who, by refusing to abandon their marriage, protected her from Nazi persecution for so long. Nelly’s family has been murdered in the Holocaust. Johnny is convinced that his wife, too, is dead. When Nelly tracks him down, he recognizes nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly to take on the identity of his late wife. Nelly agrees: She becomes her own imposter. She wants to know whether Johnny loved her – and whether he betrayed her. Nelly wants her old life back.

www.phoenix-der-film.de
Christian Petzold was born in 1960 in Hilden. He studied German and Theatre at the Freie Universität Berlin, then from 1988-1994 studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. He worked as assistant director next to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. Christian Petzold's award-winning feature films include Die innere Sicherheit (2001; German Film Award - Best Feature Film; Hessian Film Award), Yella (2007; Silver Bar at the Berlinale and German Film Award for Nina Hoss), Jerichow (2008; in competition at the Venice International Film Festival; Award of the German Film Critics) and Dreileben - etwas Besseres als den Tod (Grimme Prize and German Television Award, together with Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhausler). For Barbara (2012) Christian Petzold was awarded among others the Silver Bear at the Berlinale for Best Director.

Salt of the earth Salt of the earth Documentary // 110 min. // France, 2014

Director: Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado // Featuring: Sebastião Salgado

During the last forty years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in order to cover the fates of human beings in different countries. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvations and exodus. Tired and burnt out, he then decided to embark on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes, also in order to heal his own soul: He created a stunning photography project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião Salgado’s life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last journeys, and by Wim Wenders, a photographer himself.

Sebastião Salgado was born on 8 February 1944 in Aimorés, Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lives in Paris, France. Having previously worked as an economist, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, an organization created exclusively for his work. Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States. He has travelled to over 100 countries for his photographic projects.

www.dassalzdererde-derfilm.de
Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After two years of studying medicine and philosophy and a yearlong stay in Paris as a painter he attended the University of Television and Film in Munich from 1967 to 1970. One of the most important figures to emerge from the “New German Cinema” period in the 1970s, he was a founding member of the German film distribution “Filmverlag der Autoren” in 1971 and he established his own production company “Road Movies” in Berlin in 1975. Alongside directing atmospheric auteur films Wenders works with the medium of photography. He has published numerous books with essays and photographs. Wenders lives in Berlin with his wife, also a photographer, Donata Wenders.

Juliano Ribeiro Salgado was born in 1974 in Paris, where he grew up in a Franco-Brazilian environment. In 1996, he made his first documentary for Arte, Suzana, about the use of anti-personnel mines in Angola. Other documentaries followed, made in Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Brazil. At the same time, he made news reports for Canal+ in France and for TV Globo in Brazil. Salgado then entered the London Film School, from which he graduated in 2003. Juliano Ribeiro Salgado has made a number of short films and documentaries for French television. His 2009 film, Nauru an Island adrift, made for the Grand Format documentary unit of Arte, was selected by numerous international festivals (Hot Docs in Toronto and Le Festival Dei Populo in Florence). He is now working on his first feature-length film that is to be filmed in São Paolo, Brazil.

Who Am I – No system is safe Who Am I – No system is safe Feature Film // 105 min. // Germany, 2014

Director:Baran bo Odar // Actors: Tom Schilling, Elyas M'Barek, Hannah Herzsprung, Wotan Wilke Möhring

Benjamin is a Nobody, an outsider. This changes when he meets the charismatic Max. The two of them couldn‘t be more different, but they share one mutual interest: hacking. Together with Max‘s friends, impulsive Stephan and paranoid Paul, they form the subversive hacker group CLAY (CLOWNS LAUGHING AT YOU). CLAY provokes with hilarious hacks and has the finger on the pulse of a whole generation. For the first time in his life Benjamin has a feeling of belonging and even the beautiful Marie starts to notice him. What started out as fun soon turns serious, when Benjamin and CLAY are suddenly investigated by the German Secret Service and Europol. With Hanne Lindberg, the leading Europol cybercrime investigator, at their heels, Benjamin starts to realize that he is no longer a nobody, but one of the most wanted hackers of the world.

www.whoami-film.de/site
Baran bo Odar, born in Switzerland in 1978, studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich (HFF). He worked on several commercials, music videos and award-winning short films. His feature debut The Silence (2010) premiered at the Piazza Grande in Locarno and made him to one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2011. Who am I was a German box office sensation. Warner Brothers has recently closed a deal to a remake of Who am I. Currently he is in pre-production for the action thriller Sleepless Night starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.

Age of Cannibals Age of Cannibals Feature Film // 93 min. // Germany, 2014

Director: Johannes Naber // Actors: Sebastian Blomberg, Devid Striesow, Katharina Schüttler

Öllers (Devid Striesow) and Niederländer (Sebastian Blomberg) have everything under control. For the past six years, the two successful business consultants have been traveling through some of the poorest countries around the world in order to satisfy their clients’ greed. They have achieved almost everything, but there is one career move left: to finally become a partner in the company!

When they find out that their team colleague Hellinger made the cut, they are at their wit’s end. “Up or Out” is the name of the game. The fact that Hellinger falls from an office window for no explainable reason doesn’t seem to help the situation.

Of all people, the young and ambitious Bianca (Katharina Schüttler) steps in for Hellinger. Öllers and Niederländer are irritated, sarcasm spreads, and neuroses break out. The fight for survival within the company takes its toll – the age of cannibal dawns.

www.zeitderkannibalen.de
Johannes Naber, born in 1971 in Baden-Baden, Germany, he studied philosophy and Indian philology at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1991 to 1993 and subsequently film and media at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, where he graduated in documentary filmmaking in 1999. He lives in Berlin where he works as a gaffer, screenwriter and director.