German Cinema 101 – Film and Discussion with Hester Baer, Associate Professor and Head of Germanic Studies at the University of Maryland
Germany, 2015, 140 min., Director: Sebastian Schipper, Screenplay: Sebastian Schipper, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Eike Schulz, Cast: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Distribution: Jan Dressler, Sebastian Schipper (MonkeyBoy)
Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local guys outside of a nightclub. Sonne and his friends are real Berliners who promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these boys have got themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that needs repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne begins developing into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night rolls on, what started out as a good time quickly spirals out of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne realize: it’s all or nothing, and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping journey into the depths of the night.
joined his first theater group at the age of 16, and began studying to become an actor at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich shortly after completing his A-levels. Employment at Munich’s Kammerspiele theatre followed his studies; he also wrote and directed his first short films and ultimately his first feature-length film, Absolute Giganten
, produced by Tom Tykwer and X-Filme. The film Ein Freund von mir (A Friend of Mine)
, with Daniel Brühl and Jürgen Vogel, followed in 2004. In 2008 came Mitte Ende August (Sometime in August)
, an adaptation of Goethe’s Elective Affinities
, with Marie Bäumer and Milan Peschel. Since Sebastian Schipper played one of the leads in Tykwer’s film 3
, he has had a steady stream of roles. In 2013, he set up the production company MonkeyBoy with Jan Dressler. Their first feature under this company, Victoria
was selected in competition at the 2015 Berlinale.
This event is part of the German Cinema 101