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Stephan Lacant’s film Freier Fall

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino program at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival will open with Stephan Lacant’s film Freier Fall. Max Riemelt (Kay), Katharina Schüttler (Bettina) and Hanno Koffler (Marc) are the protagonists in a love triangle, in which Marc and Bettina are expecting a child at the same time as Marc falls in love with his colleague Kay.

Three of the fictional films – Silvi (directed by Nico Sommer), DeAD (directed by Sven Halfar) andEndzeit (directed by Sebastian Fritzsch) – were self-produced by their respective filmmakers. Silvi is unmistakably set in Berlin. In it the 47-year-old title character (Lina Wendel) starts afresh after separating from her partner. DeAD is exquisite pulp fiction from Hamburg: following his mother’s suicide, cool Patrick (Tilman Strauß) shows up at his unknown father’s 60th birthday party and immediately makes it clear that things are about to escalate. And Endzeit  depicts survival after a catastrophe, when a young woman (Anne von Keller) turns hunter to still her hunger.

Two fictional film-academy works explore the boundaries between fictional and documentary film. Anne Zohra Berrached’s Zwei Mütter portrays in an almost documentary style a couple’s wish for a child (Sabine Wolf and Karina Plachetka) and their discovery that most sperm banks do not provide services to same-sex couples. In his 60-minute film Die Wiedergänger, director Andreas Bolm avoids presenting the world in documentary form, but instead seeks the point where fiction begins. The outcome is an artistically austere film about loss and eternal return.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino film lineup

Chiralia by Santiago Gil

DeAD by Sven Halfar

Die mit dem Bauch tanzen (Dancing with Bellies) by Carolin Genreith (documentary)

Einzelkämpfer (I Will Not Lose) by Sandra Kaudelka (documentary)

Endzeit (End of Time) by Sebastian Fritzsch

Freier Fall (Free Fall) by Stephan Lacant

Kalifornia by Laura Mahlberg

Metamorphosen by Sebastian Mez (documentary)

Silvi by Nico Sommer

Die Wiedergänger (The Revenants) by Andreas Bolm

Zwei Mütter (Two Mothers) by Anne Zohra Berrached

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