Cherry Blossoms & Demons (Kirschblüten & Dämonen)

 © Constantin Film/Mathias Bothor
 © Constantin Film/Mathias Bothor

Feb. 13, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

San Francisco Premiere

115 min. Germany, Japan (2019)
German, Japanese, and English w/ English subtitles

Director: Doris Dörrie
Starring: Golo Euler, Aya Irizuki, Felix Eitner, Floriane Daniel, Birgit Minichmayr, Sophie Rogall, Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Kiki Kirin
Producers: Anita Schneider, Viola Jäger
Screenwriter: Doris Dörrie
Director of Photography: Hanno Lentz
Editor: Frank Müller
Production: Constantin Film
Festival Agent: Alexander Masche:

Ten years after the death of his parents Rudi (Elmar Wepper) and Trudi (Hannelore Elsner), youngest son Karl’s (Golo Euler) life is in ruins: he has lost his job, lives separately from his wife and child, and can only appease his dark, inner demons with large amounts of alcohol. Karl no longer knows who he is. Suddenly, Yu (Aya Irizuki) pops up like a hallucination, amazing and shrouded in mystery. Yu appears like a sign from a past world and turns Karl’s life upside down. Karl very reluctantly accompanies her to his parents’ empty house in Bavaria. The memories of his parents and his own difficult childhood are all too vivid. Why won’t Karl’s dead parents let him go? What demons are pursuing him? Yu’s Japanese origins mean she has experience with demons and ghosts. Supported by Yu, with whom he falls more and more in love, Karl fights against himself and his past. In order to do this, he nearly dies and has to travel to Japan to find out if he is already a ghost himself or still alive after all.

Cherry Blossoms & Demons has screened at the Vancouver (Canada), Kolkata (India), and Tallinn Black Nights (Estonia) international film festivals.

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