Special Guest Lena Urzendowsky in attendence
SOLD OUT - GERMAN CURRENTS 2023 OPENING NIGHT - SOLD OUT
THIS SCREENING IS SOLD OUT.
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE WILL HAVE A STAND-BY LINE IN FRONT OF THE THEATER.
Presented on Friday, October 13th @ 7:00 PM at the American Cinematheque's Los Feliz 3 Theatre.
Admission is free with RSVP below.
Capacity is limited.
RSVP holders will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q&A with Lena Urzendowsky following FRANKY FIVE STAR.
Germany/Finland (2023) 114 min. DCP Projection. German/English/Finnish with English Subtitles
Director: Birgit Möller, Screenplay: Knut Mierswe, Birgit Möller, Cinematography: JJ-P Passi, Cast: Lena Urzendowsky, Oona Airola, Paul Pötsch, Cino Djavid, Sven Hoenig, Gerti Drassl, Sophie Killer, Cito Andresen, Producer: Jamila Wenske, Production Company: Achtung Panda!
Introverted 20-something Franky (Urzendowsky) is unpredictable and erratic. Her best friend and roommate, Katja (Öz), knows about her changing moods, but Franky has never revealed her biggest secret. Deep in her head, she has an old-fashioned hotel that is inhabited by four odd but lovable characters: a strict concierge (Drassl), a seductive chambermaid (Killer), a bell boy (Hönig), and a child (Andresen). Whenever Franky is in an uncomfortable situation, one of the four personalities rides the elevator and takes control of her emotions.
Too busy dealing with this inner chaos, Franky has never let herself fall in love. Things change when she meets Katja's new boyfriend, Hasi (Djavid). As Franky starts to fall for Hasi, her inner personalities take over, and things spiral out of control. Urzendowsky's outstanding performance as the quirky yet charming Franky offers an imaginative and refreshing take on coming-of-age and finding your true self, or more than one.
Neiße Filmfestival 2023:
Audience Award, Feature
Filmfest Bremen 2023:
Max Ophüls Preis 2023:
Ecumenical Jury Award, Feature
was born in Osnabrück, Germany and studied Cinematography and Directing at German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB), completing her graduation film VALERIE in 2006. Since 2004, she directs commercials for TV and Cinema. She is an alumna of the Villa Aurora (2008) and Binger Director’s Lab (2011). Frank Five Star is her second feature film.
born in 2000, can already boast an impressive acting career. She played the lead role in the coming-of-age movie COCOON, which celebrated its world premiere opening the Generation+ section at the Berlinale 2020. She was part of the ensemble in the Netflix hit-series DARK (2017/2019) the thriller series THE DEFEATED (2020), as well as in the Netflix crime series HOW TO SELL DRUGS ONLINE (FAST) (2020). In 2021 she was part of the ensemble of the Amazon Prime series WE CHILDREN FROM BAHNHOF ZOO, directed by Philipp Kadelbach. Whenever her acting career allows, Lena Urzendowsky is studying philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin. In the summer of 2022, Lena studied at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York.
Patra Spanou Film
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 Goethe, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, ELMA, Villa Aurora, and the German Film Office