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80' min.
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Eva Mattes
Martin Wuttke
Carolina Cardoso
Nicole Max
Sascha Ley
Production Company:
EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH
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Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

“Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood” (Pablo Neruda). It’s the early 1950s and little Franzi is growing up in the small Austrian town of Judenburg. Her oppressive family home is dominated by her feverish and mentally ill father, who is rigid and unpredictable. Her father, who regularly delivers halves of pork for the butcher, spent several years in the French Foreign Legion in Morocco, Algeria and Syria – a period which he partly glorifies but which still also haunts him. Franzi immerses herself into this world by looking at an abundance of beguiling yet disturbing photographs taken at the time by her father. Her own childish fantasy realm of fairy tales and picture books soon intermingle with nightmares as reality merges with imagination, war, horror and beauty. Decades later, Franziska, now a successful photographer but still overshadowed by her father’s memory, undertakes a journey back into his youth. She wants to understand his war trauma and shed light on her family’s past. But it soon transpires that her search for the truth has ambivalent consequences.

BIOGRAFIE Elfi Mikesch

Born in Judenburg, Austria, in 1940, after training as a photographer she moved to Berlin in 1964. She works as a photographer, director of photography and director, and since 1976 has been making her own feature and documentary films. As director of photography she has worked with renowned directors such as Werner Schroeter, Rosa von Praunheim, Monika Treut and Harald Bergmann. She has been a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts in the film and media art section since 1991.

FILMOGRAFIE Elfi Mikesch (selection)

2014 Fieber  2013 Fieber  2011  Mondo Lux – The world of images of Werner Schroeter  2011 Mondo Lux - Die Bilderwelten des Werner Schroeter  2000 Die Markus Family  1997 Verrückt bleiben, verliebt bleiben  1989 Marocain  1985 Verführung: Die grausame Frau  1982  Macumba  1980 Was soll’n wir denn machen ohne den Tod  1978 Ich denke oft an Hawaii 

Elfi Mikesch @IMDb

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