Germany, 2016, 102 min., Director: Anne Zohra Berrached, Screenplay: Carl Gerber and Anne Zohra Berrached With: Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Maedel, Johanna Gastdorf, Sales: Beta Film
Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas (Berlin 2016)
24 Weeks tells the story of cabaret performer Astrid (Julia Jentsch) who, six months pregnant, learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband Marcus (Bjarne Maedel) have a choice, but little time… A strong personality with a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, unable to continue her comedy routine. Ultimately only she who is bearing the child can make this weighty decision. What will she do? Who decides whether the child will have a life worth living?
Anne Zohra Berrached (b. 1982, Erfurt) studied directing at the Film Academy, Baden-Württemberg. As in her first film Zwei Mütter (Two Mothers), this second feature explores the way in which women choose to live their lives, delivering a powerful portrait of a woman who finds herself caught up in a major moral dilemma for which there are no easy solutions.