21st Festival Films


© Friede Clausz
© Friede Clausz

Sat. Feb. 4, 2017 2:30 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
San Francisco Premiere
In Person: Actress Julia Jentsch
102 mins. Germany (2016). DCP Projection. German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Anne Zohra Berrached
Starring: Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske
Screenplay: Carl Gerber, Anne Zohra Berrached
Cinematography: Friede Clausz
Editor: Denys Darahan
Producers: Johannes Jancke, Tobias Ebner
World Sales: Beta Cinema, Oberhaching

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Winner of the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival.
Cabaret performer Astrid is six month pregnant when she learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband have little time to take a decision of enormous significance. The stage lights, the applause – Astrid loves being a cabaret performer, and loves her tolerant and supportive husband Markus. Every decision is taken together, and this one is no different: what will they do with the child that Astrid is carrying, now, six months into the pregnancy, that she learns the child will be severely disabled? She and Marcus have a choice, but little time… A strong nature with a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine. Ultimately only she who is bearing the child can take this weighty decision. What will she do? Who decides whether the child will have a life worth living?

Presented with the support of German Films.