Film Screening Sarah Blaßkiewitz: Precious Ivie

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Wed, 27.07.2022

7:00 PM

Goethe-Kino (Cinema Screening)

The thirty-year-old Afro-German Ivie lives in Leipzig and temps in the tanning studio of her ex-boyfriend Ingo and in a kindergarten. At the same time, she is applying for a position as a teacher at various schools. She lives with her friend Anne, whom she, like Ingo, has known since her school days. Ivie's nickname "Brownie" also dates back to these times. Ivie has no idea she has a half-sister until Naomi shows up at her door bearing the news that their father has died in Senegal and they are invited to the funeral. The slightly younger Naomi lives in Berlin, where she works as a bouncer in a club and as a shop assistant. While Naomi sees an opportunity to learn more about her family and herself, Ivie is reluctant to make the journey anytime soon. Naomi's attitudes and the news of the father she never got to know, make her question many things in her life.

In her feature film debut, Sarah Blaßkiewitz shows the many different ways in which identity can develop and become fragile, and how differently racism can manifest itself and be felt. With a sure eye for everyday situations, Blaßkiewitz calmly works out the differences between the two sisters and their lives, which also include the contrast between the cities of Leipzig and Berlin. It seems no coincidence that she places Ivie in down-to-earth Leipzig and partly associates Naomi with Berlin's night culture. The two actresses Haley Louise Jones (Ivie) and Lorna Ishema (Naomi) grew up in Germany like the characters they play. Lorna Ishema won the German Film Award for Best Female Supporting Actress in 2021 for her role.

Germany 2021, colour, 112 mins. With Englih subtitles.
Directed by Sarah Blaßkiewitz. With Haley Louise Jones, Lorna Ishema, Anne Haug, Maximilian Brauer, Anneke Kim Sarnau.

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Portrait Sarah Blaßkiewitz © Sarah Blaßkiewitz Born in Leipzig in 1986, Sarah Blaßkiewitz grew up in Potsdam and went to Berlin to study audio-visual media (2006 to 2011). During her studies she began to work in film productions in the directing and camera department. Jobs in acting agencies and casting studios followed. Her short film Auf dem Weg nach Oben (literally: On the Way to the Top) premiered in 2011 at the Max Ophüls Festival. The medium-length film Blank was released in 2016 and screened at numerous festivals. In 2017 she received development funding for her mini-series concept Supercrew (AT) from Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg together with the production company Very Good Films and completed the pilot episode in January 2018. In 2019/2020 she shot her debut film Precious Ivie together with Weydemann Bros. and ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel. In 2019 the film won the Baltic Event Award in the "Work in Progress" section of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and was nominated for the FIRST STEPS Award in 2021.