WESTEN / WEST

2013, Colour, Germany, World Competition (full length movies)
Original language : Allemand
Subtitles language : s.t.f. (TM.25.2 et CI.26.4) s.t.a. (CI.25.2)

WEST

 

Production Team

Director : Christian Schwochow

Screenwriter : Heide Schwochow. D'après le roman/Based on the novel: Lagerfeuer. De/By: Juli Franck

Cinematographer : Frank Lamm

Editor : Jens Klüber

Cast : Jördis Triebel, Tristan Göbel, Alexander Scheer, Jacky Ido

Music : Lorenz Dangel

Film production and Sales : Thomas Kufus, Katrin Schlösser, Christoph Friedel, Zero One Film GmbH, Lehrterstr. 57, 10557 Berlin (Allemagne), tél.: (+49-30) 390 66 30, office@zeroone.de


 

Synopsis

Two suitcases, a schoolbag, a plush toy – that’s all Nelly Senff and her son Alexei take with them to begin their new life. A Volkswagen stops in front of their house in East Berlin. Nelly is nervous. The year is 1978. It’s summer, three years after Wassilly’s death. Nelly’s boyfriend and Alexei’s father died in a car accident in Russia. Since he is dead, Nelly wants to leave too. Away from the GDR, to leave the grief and the memories behind. To get a fresh start. That should be possible in the West, or so Nelly believes. When she leaves, when she gets into the car, she is wearing a floral dress, But over there in the West, she doesn’t know anybody. The first place of refuge for immigrants from the East is Marienfelde, a cramped emergency camp in West Berlin. Marienfelde is a hotspot between two political systems. And the place where her past catches up to her. The West German secret police take her aside for interrogation; they ask her about Wassily. Nelly has to decide whether she will let the trauma of the past destroy the future she had in mind for her and her son.

 

Director

Born in Bergen, East Germany, in 1978, Christian Schwochow worked as a writer, host, and reporter for the German ARD, ARTE, and 3SAT television channels. In 2002–2008 he studied film direction at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. After making several short student films, he graduated in 2007 with his feature film, NOVEMBER CHILD, winning several domestic awards, at Cottbus, at the Max Ophüls Festival and the Baden-Baden TV Film Festival as well as in Karlovy Vary. He has since added CRACKS IN THE SHELL (2010) to his features credit.


 

Projections

Sunday August 25, 2013 - 11:30 AM - CINÉMA IMPÉRIAL
Sunday August 25, 2013 - 09:30 PM - THÉATRE MAISONNEUVE
Monday August 26, 2013 - 04:30 PM - CINÉMA IMPÉRIAL


 

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