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Germany (2019), 98 min., German with English Subtitles
Director: Jan-Ole Gerster, Screenplay: Blaž Kutin, Cinematography: Frank Griebe, Cast: Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling, Rainer Bock, Volkmar Kleinert, Maria Dragus, Producer: Marcos Kantis, Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny, Production Company: Schiwago Film, in co-production with
Director Jan-Ole Gerster (OH BOY, German Currents 2013
) returns with this nuanced drama about a mother’s day-long journey into a troubled past. On her 60th birthday, Lara (Corinna Harfouch) prepares for her son Viktor’s (Tom Schilling) all-important debut piano concert by spreading the word (and free tickets) all over town. Lara has every reason to be the proud mother, but a dark history prevents her from reconnecting with those from her past, especially with Viktor. With echoes of Michael Haneke’s THE PIANO TEACHER and mysteries that unravel with delicate precision, LARA is a fascinating character study with a surprising sense of warmth beneath its cold exterior.
“There are powerful, profound moments in store for audiences here, mysteries to be resolved, and those […] for which we can never pretend to have a solution.” - Peter Debruge, Variety.
German Film Critics Association Award 2020:
Best Actress (Corinna Harfouch) Bavarian Film Award 2020:
Best Music Karlovy Vary IFF 2019:
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Crystal Globe, Best Actress (Corinna Harfouch), Special Jury Prize Filmfest München 2019:
FIPRESCI-Prize, German Cinema New Talent Award Hamptons 2019:
Special Jury Mention for Acting Performances (Corinna Harfouch) Les Arcs 2019:
is a Berlin-based writer and director. After working for German film production companies for several years he began studying Screenwriting and Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. His debut film OH BOY, which premiered at Karlovy Vary in 2012, became a domestic box-office success and was released in cinemas in over 20 countries winning numerous national and international awards. LARA is his second feature film. He is currently working on a screen adaptation of Christian Kracht's best-selling novel IMPERIUM.
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