23rd Festival Films

Berlin Excelsior

© Erik Lamke
© Erik Lamke

Sat. March 9, 2019 11:00 a.m.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
US Premiere
88 min. Germany (2018) BD.
English, German, and Italian w/ English subtitles

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Director: Erik Lemke
World Sales: Rommel Film

Official selection of the 2017 Hof International Film Festival.

Decorative boards are carelessly attached to the pale front of a dull concrete apartment block - the Excelsior in Berlin. For most of its inhabitants this is just a stopover, as very soon, life will get better, and everyone will find their own way: 49-year-old Michael tries to live up to his former success as an escort by promoting the application of "invisible make-up" online. Claudia's showgirl days are over, but the photos of a shooting session are to smooth her way back to the stage anyway. Norman's startup "ChangeU" is designed to help people get happy and himself get a sleek new sports car... Hardly anyone of them manages to evade falling victim to the temptations of our success-oriented society.