21st Festival Films

HAPPY

 © CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion
 © CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion


Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 1:00 PM
Pro Arts, Oakland

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Mon. Feb. 6, 2017 5:30 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

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North American Premiere
85 mins. Germany (also filmed in Thailand) (2016). Digital Projection. German & Thai w/ English subtitles. Documentary Film.
Director/Writer: Carolin Genreith
Cinematography: Philipp Baben der Erde
Editor: Stefanie Kosik
Producers: Erik Winker, Martin Roelly
World Sales: CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Cologne

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When the almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women his daughter’s age there, this is understandably embarrassing to the latter. But things are getting serious now: Dieter has been in a stable relationship for three years with Tukta, who calls long distance every morning to wake up the loner and passionate amateur farmer. The wedding is looming. Is this love, as Dieter has persuaded himself? Or more of a “trade”, as his daughter Carolin, the director, accuses him? With some courage she faces not only her father’s unfulfilled desires and fears of being lonely in old age but also her own ambivalent feelings. Her debut film “Dancing With Bellies” told the story of how her mother found happiness after the divorce. Her father’s quest for happiness as a “sex tourist” is a rather different kind of personal challenge. The light and colourful touch she finds to visualise the father-daughter duel is all the more astonishing. Both are strong characters, demonstrated early on when they both tug at a bed sheet while folding laundry. But what connects them in their provincial home is bound to be put to the test in Thailand. Carolin suddenly finds herself as the member of a new family there, while Dieter is confronted with an entirely different concept of love. – Lars Meyer, DOK Leipzig

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