Orphea in love © Missing Films

Sat, 10/14/2023

5:15 PM

Goethe-Institut LA Project Space


This film is presented as a free screening on Saturday, October 14th @ 5:15 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), 107 min. Digital Projection. German with English Subtitles
Director:  Axel RanischScreenplay:  Axel Ranisch, Sönke Andresen, Cinematography: Dennis Pauls, Cast: Mirjam Mesak, Guido Badalamenti, Heiko Pinkowski, Ursina Lardi, Christina Große, Ursula Werner, Tim Oliver SchultzProducers: Heiko Pinkowski, Jan Bremme, Axel Ranisch, Alexander Krötsch, Dennis Pauls, Isabel Iturriagagoitia, Anne BaekerProduction Company: schöne neue filme, Sehr gute Filme GmbH, EuroArts Music International

Nele (Mesak) is a dreamer who escapes from her dreary everyday life into the soulful world of opera and music. Originally from a small town in Estonia, she scrapes by as a call center agent and cloakroom attendant at the State Opera in a big German city. When she meets the street dancer and pickpocket Kolya (Badalamenti), it is a fateful encounter for both of them- the meeting of soul mates. The pair quickly lose themselves in their own world filled with music and dance.
As the two grow closer, Nele must confront the demons of her past and descend into the underworld to save their budding love. When talent scout Höllbach (Pinkowski) learns of Nele's enormous singing talent, he offers her the chance of a lifetime: a career as an opera singer. Axel Ranisch's endearing adaptation of Orpheus and Eurydice blends phantasy, kitsch, and realism, resulting in a cinematic opera pastiche between Puccini, Handel, and German pop singer Christian Steiffen.

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GC2023-Axel_Ranisch Axel Ranisch is a director, actor, producer and media educator.  Since 2002, he has made films at a record-setting pace. From 2004 to 2014, he studied directing with Rosa von Praunheim, Andreas Kleinert and Helke Misselwitz at the Film and Television University (HFF) "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam Babelsberg. In 2011, he, along with fellow HFF alumni Dennis Pauls and Anne Banker, and actor Heiko Pinkowski- founded the production company "Sehr gute Filme.“
Axel Ranisch is a Villa Aurora Fellow (2014).


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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