made in germany

For the fourth year in a row, exground filmfest is presenting the inmate jury award DAS BRETT for the best film in the Made in Germany section, which comes with EUR 1,500 in prize money, endowed by “Die WERFT”, a cultural platform operating in Wiesbaden’s correctional facilities. In total, the competition features six extraordinary productions with appearances from a host of stars, including Matthias Brandt, Mark Waschke, Silke Bodenbender, Manfred Zapatka, Andreas Döhler, Luise Heyer, Thilo Brückner and Bela B. Carlos Morelli’s MANY HAPPY RETURNS revolves around mentally precarious groupings as well as in HEAD BURST by Savafl Ceviz and WE WOULD BE DIFFERENT by Jan Bonny. The themes range from separated dads losing their cool, to paedophiles fighting back against their disease and men failing to overcome childhood trauma. In Christina Ebelt’s STARS ABOVE US, a mother tries to master everyday life and raising a son in spite of homelessness. In Mariko Monoguchi’s RELATIVITY, fate plays a nasty game with Nora: her true love is killed during a bank robbery shortly before their wedding, and she later finds herself in a relationship with the shooter. By contrast, LEIF IN CONCERT by Christian Klandt centres on life’s little challenges: as different as they may be, the individual paths of the guests and employees of a bar come together here – through Lene and music. And every little detail is a piece of Lene’s big story, of a sort of family that makes this dim, smoky basement space the most beautiful place in the world.

HEAD BURST [KOPFPLATZEN]
by Savaş Ceviz
Germany 2019 99 min German original version

LEIF IN CONCERT
by Christian Klandt
Germany 2019 101 min German original version with English subtitles

MANY HAPPY RETURNS [DER GEBURTSTAG]
by Carlos Morelli
Germany 2019 79 min German original version with English subtitles

RELATIVITY [MEIN ENDE. DEIN ANFANG.]
by Mariko Minoguchi
Germany 2019 111 min German original version with English subtitles

STARS ABOVE US [STERNE ÜBER UNS]
by Christina Ebelt
Germany 2019 98 min German original version with English subtitles

WE WOULD BE DIFFERENT [WIR WÄREN ANDERE MENSCHEN]
by Jan Bonny
Germany 2019 90 min German original version

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