Los Angeles Premiere
Friday, October 23rd 2015, 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
German with English Subtitles
Info: +1 3235253388
Germany (2014), 103 min. DCP Projection
Director: Edward Berger
Screenplay: Edward Berger, Nele Mueller-Stöefen
Cinematography: Jens Harant
Cast: Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Nele Mueller-Stöefen, Vincent Redetzki Producers Jan Krüger, René Römert
Production Company: Port-au-Prince Film & Kultur Produktion/Berlin in co-production with cine plus Filmproduktion/Berlin, Neue Bioskop Film/Munich, Mixtvision Mediengesellschaft/Munich, zero west filmproduktion/Berlin
Ten year old Jack (Ivo Pietzcker) is frequently left alone by his loving but hopelessly incompetent young mother (Luise Heyer).
Forced to care for himself and his six-year-old half-brother, Manuel (Georg Arms), for extended periods of time, Jack selflessly acts as the head of the household.
When Manuel is accidentally injured, Jack is blamed and is placed in a long-term foster care facility, leaving Manuel with their mother.
Lonely, homesick, and bullied by other children, Jack decides to escape and head home to Berlin, only to find that what little order he had established has crumbled.
Once again abandoned by their mother, the boys take to the streets on a desperate odyssey to find not only their mother, but also a sense of stability.
Co-written with Nele Mueller-Stöfen, Berger’s screenplay and precise direction coax refreshingly unaffected performances from the two child actors.
Cinematographer Jens Harant’s camera provides essential gritty realism, capturing the city from the unique vantage point of the lonely boys.
In Person: Director Edward Berger
Double Feature presentation begins with JACK at 7:30 pm followed by Schmitke at approximately 9:30 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.
$11.- General Audiences
$9.- Seniors, Students
$7.- Cinematheque Members
$9.- FoG Members (box office only, must present membership card!)
German Film Award 2015 (Best Film: Silver)
Bavarian Film Prize 2015 (New Talent Award- Best Production)
Fünf Seen Film Festival 2014 (Best Screenplay)
Festival of German Film, Ludwigshafen 2014 (Audience Award)
Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2014 (Audience Award)
Edward Berger was born in 1970 in Wolfsburg and studied directing at New York University.
Co-founder of Hound Dog Films Inc., he has worked as an independent writer and director for several theatrical and television productions including the features Gomez-Heads or Tail (1998), Female2 seeks HappyEnd (1999) and the television productions Kinder der Hölle (2001), ASYL (TV, 2002), Das Letzte Rennen (TV, 2006), Windland (TV 2007), Aquarius (TV, 2010), Ein Guter Sommer (TV, 2011), Mutter Muss Weg (TV, 2012) and Deutschland 83 (2015).