Ein Geschenk der Götter © If...Productions
Ein Geschenk der Götter © If...Productions
Saturday, 24 September, at 10:00 p.m.
Director: Oliver Haffner
Screenplay: Oliver Haffner
Director of photography: Kaspar Kaven
Editing: Anja Pohl
Music: Franz Schubert
Cast: Katharina Marie, Adam Bousdoukos, Paul Faßnacht, Katharina Hauter, Rainer Furch, Marion Breckwoldt, Maik Solbach, Rick Okon, Canan Kir, Luise Heyer
Genre: Social Comedy

Bavarian Film Awards 2015: Won Bavarian Film Award Best Actress Darstellerpreis, Katharina M. Schubert
German Film Awards 2015: Nominated Film Award in Gold for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle, Katharina M. Schubert
Munich Film Festival 2014: Won Audience Award Best Film, Oliver Haffner

Out of the blue Anna, an actress at a provincial community theater, gets fired. Fresh off the stage, she suddenly finds herself at the local job center. On the urging of her theater-mad case worker, she takes on an acting course for seven “hard-to-place clients“ — as a compulsory training measure. Overcoming huge resistance, Anna forms the bunch of frustrated lone wolves into a group and starts to rehearse Antigone with them. This gives new impetus to the participants’ own private dramas, while Anna too experiences a sort of “comeback” for which she wasn’t quite prepared.

Director: Oliver Haffner
Oliver Haffner(*1974) started his studies of political sciences, but dropped out shortly after in order to study Directing for Theatres in Vienna. For the next decade he worked in several theatres throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland, before starting his studies of film directing. “Mein Leben im Off“ was his final film, which was awarded with several prizes. He draws inspiration from the Danish and British sociocritical cinema.

Source: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin Archive 2015