11/22/2017 20:00 – Caligari FilmBühne
Germany 2017 107 min original version with English subtitles
by Laura Lackmann
Script: Laura Lackmann, DoP: Friede Clausz, Editor: Philipp Thomas, Production: studio.tv.film, Producer: Milena Maitz, Cast: Laura Tonke, Marc Hosemann, David Bredin, Katrin Wichmann, Christine Schorn
Hans calls his girlfriend “Heinz” – that already says everything you need to know about their relationship. They’re a totally normal couple who have a few years under their belts together, eight of them to be precise. Hans works in a copy shop, while Heinz, actually an actress, is stuck overdubbing the voice for a cartoon traffic light. They spend their evenings encased in sweatpants on the couch, consuming chips and videos. In a nutshell: their relationship has lost that special something. However, they themselves only start to notice when they go out to celebrate their anniversary with a movie, a love story to boot. Alas, the romantic mood on screen can’t quite manage to rekindle their flame. When Hans voluntarily hands out Heinz’s number to her ex instead of making a jealous scene, alarm bells start to ring for Heinz: That’s not what true love’s supposed to look like! Pragmatists to the bone, the two draw up a list of all the things that a celluloid love shouldn’t be without – romance, desire, passion, jealousy and drama, all the emotions writ large – and ambitiously resolve to cross them off one by one, though it begins to dawn on them that real life is nothing like the movies.
After her art history and history studies, Laura Lackmann worked as a director’s assistant on international film productions for directors such as Istvan Szabo and Jean-Jacques Annaud. Before starting her directing studies at the dffb, she lived for a time in New York, where she attended the New York Film Academy. During her studies at dfbb, she realized several short films for Arte, rbb and 3sat. In 2011, she began work for Boje Buck Filmproduktion on an adaptation of Sarah Kuttner’s bestselling novel “Mängelexemplar”, which she directed for UFA in 2015. The film won the German Film Award for best actress and best supporting actress.