21st Festival Films

ORIGINAL BLISS (GLEIßENDES GLÜCK)

 © Tom Trambow, Frisbeefilms
 © Tom Trambow, Frisbeefilms


Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 10:30 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
U.S. West Coast Premiere
102 mins. Germany (2016). DCP Projection. German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Sven Taddicken
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch
Screenplay: Sven Taddicken, Stefanie Veith, Hendrik Hölzemann, based on the short story collection by A.L. Kennedy
Cinematography: Daniela Knapp
Editor: Andreas Wodraschke
Producers: Manuel Bickenbach, Alexander Bickenbach
World Sales: Picture Tree International, Berlin

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Winner of the Audience Award at the 2016 Internationales Filmfest Emden-Norderney.
Winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize and the Europa Cinema Award at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic.
Helene Brindel’s childless marriage shows no signs of harmony, and the somber woman has also lost her faith in God. “Where are You?” she asks from behind a veil of melancholy that separates her from the real world of relative luxury in a quiet suburban neighborhood. Liberation from the emotional trap of gloomy thoughts and insomnia appears one day in the person of charismatic psychologist Eduard Gluck, a self-assured and charming speaker for “new cybernetics,” which claims the ability to control reality with the mind and the possibility of “reprogramming oneself.” But a surprising secret hides behind his elegantly formulated guidelines for a lifestyle, whose self-centeredness Gluck tries to conceal with mild irony. Even viewers who know their filmographies well will be surprised by Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others), Ulrich Tukur (The White Ribbon), and Johannes Krisch (Revanche) as the stars of this uncommon psychological romance, a highly original adaptation of the novel of the same name by renowned Scottish writer A. L. Kennedy. — Karel Och, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

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