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Sat, 10/14/2023

7:30 PM

Goethe-Institut LA Project Space


This film is presented as a free in-person screening on Saturday, October 14th @ 7:30 PM at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. 

Admission is free with RSVP below. Capacity is limited. 
RSVP holders will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Light refreshments provided
Germany (2022), 124 min. Digital Projection. German with English Subtitles
Director:  Sophie LinnenbaumScreenplay:  Sophie Linnenbaum, Michael Fetter Nathansky, Cinematography: Valentin Selmke, Cast: Fine Sendel, Jule Böwe, Henning Peker, Noah Tinwa, Sira Faal, Denise M’Baye, Producers: Laura Klippel, Britta Strampe Production Company: Bandenfilm, ZDF – Das Kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

The setting: a retro-futuristic world where life is like a film and society is divided into three classes- at the top are the "Main characters," in the middle are the "Supporting characters," and at the bottom are the "Outtakes." "Supporting character," Paula (Sendel) is at the top of her class at the Main Character School, where she is preparing for the most critical test of her life: to become a "main character." The one thing holding Paula back is that she can't seem to present an emotional monologue with rousing music. In search of a solution, she finds herself in the underbelly of this cinematic world. On the fringes of the storyline and lost amongst the Outtakes, Paula learns that she may have more in common with them than she could have dreamed. Linnenbaum's multi-award-winning feature debut is a lavish, allegorical satire steeped in cinema history meta references, intercut with musical numbers, and dressed in Hollywood Golden Age aesthetic to tell a strange adventure of self-discovery, classism, and conformity.

Bayerischer Filmpreis 2023: New Director Award
VGF 2023: New Producer Award
Filmfestival Türkei Deutschland 2023: Best Feature
IFF Schlingel 2022: Goethe-Institut Children’s & Youth Film Award
Exground Filmfest Wiesbaden 2022: Das Brett - German Feature
FILMZ Mainz 2022: Best Feature
FF Braunschweig 2022: KINEMA-Jury Prize, Heimspielpreis - Best Acting
FIRST STEPS Awards 2022: Best Feature
Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2022: Audience Award
Filmkunstfest MV 2022: DEFA-Foundation Award
Filmfest München 2022: Best Director, Best Production

GC2023-Sophie_Linnenbaum_c_Jonas_Ludwig_Walter Sophie Linnenbaum was born in Nürnberg, Germany. After completing her diploma in psychology and working as a playwright, she studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and is shooting series and documentaries. Her playfully pointed short films have won several awards and screened at festivals, worldwide. THE ORDINARIES is her graduation film & first fiction feature.

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The German Currents Film Festival is produced by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque in kind cooperation with the German Consulate General, and with the support of The Friends of GoetheThe Hollywood Foreign Press AssociationELMA, and the German Film Office
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