German Feature Film at Ajyal Youth Film Festival
The German Embassy Doha and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region are happy to contribute to Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017 as part of Qatar Germany 2017. Five German film professionals will visit the festival and present their films. Ina Werner
presents the film “At Eye Level” by Joachim Dollhoff and Evi Goldbrunner
At Eye Level
Joachim Dollhopf, Evi Goldbrunner / Feature Narrative / Germany / 2016 / 98 min / Colour / DCP
In German / Arabic, English subtitles
Ten-year-old Michi never knew his father, and for five years since the tragic death of his mother, he has lived in a rough-and-tumble group home for orphaned children. Like many of the other kids in the home, Michi wonders what life would be like with his father – whom he imagines to be a jet pilot, or something exciting along those lines. When he chances upon an old, unsent letter from his mother announcing her pregnancy to a man named Tom, Michi thinks his dream has come true. When he finally meets Tom, however, the man is not quite what Michi expected.
Embarrassed by his father, and bullied by the other kids, Michi goes to live with Tom, but he is resentful of his dad and invents a life without him. Eventually Michi comes to learn that accepting people for who they are is a better plan than pretending otherwise.
”At Eye Level” is a wonderful, at times humorous coming-of-age tale about acceptance and compassion. As Michi and Tom negotiate their relationship, the film also addresses very contemporary questions about what makes up a family, what love means, and the role of the state in determining the lives of its citizens.
are available on the website of Doha Film Institute.