SPIELTRIEB / GAMING INSTINCT
2013, Colour, Germany, World Competition (full length movies)
Kathrin Richter, Jürgen Schlagenhof
Michelle Barthel, Jannik Schümann, Maximilian Brückner, , Richy Müller, Ulrike Folkerts, Sophie von Kessel, Helmut Berger, Isolde Barth,
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Fourteen-year-old Ada, expelled from her previous school for fighting, arrives at Bonn’s Ernst Bloch High School. An intelligent girl who prefers her own company, she has problems with her bourgeois schoolmates. The only people she respects are the elderly history teacher Höfi, who is able to challenge her fierce intellect, and the young Polish sports teacher, Mr. Smutek, who encourages her passion for running. When a new student, 18-year-old Alev, arrives at the school, Ada is attracted by his cool. Multi-ethnic Alev lives with his mother Amila and is friends with Grüttel, Tom and Bastian, who are his own age and live in a residential unit that is part of the school. Ada feels herself also drawn to Alev in a physical way, but Alev, not without self-awareness, tells her he is impotent. Nonetheless, the two gradually grow closer and Ada falls in love. Eventually, Alev explains to her his theory of the “gaming instinct", which views people as characters in a game and their behaviour as gaming moves. When Mr. Höfling, one of the few people both Ada and Alev respect, commits suicide, Alev decides to put one of his elaborate game plans into practice. And Ada is its starring character.
Born in Berlin, Germany in 1964, Gregor Schnitzler studied communications and design, then worked as a set photographer before launching his own filmmaking career. Together with Eleni Ampelakiotou, he directed the shorts Das Fenster (1991) and Sonntage (1992) and the feature FINNLANDIA (1999). His solo directing credits include WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE? (2001), SOLO ALBUM (2003), THE CLOUD (2006), ICH BIN EINE INSEL (2007), HEAT WAVE (2008) and RESTURLAUB (2011), as well as a dozen TV serials and over 65 music videos and commercials.
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