Narrative Feature | 98 minutes

HIFF 2018

 Narrative Competition

Directed by
Jan-Ole Gerster

Produced by
Marcos Kantis

Written by
Blaz Kutin

Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling, Rainer Bock,Volkmar Kleinert

2019 | German | Germany

• Special Jury Mention for Acting Performance for Corinna Harfouch

Waking up on the morning of both the most important piano concert of her son’s career and her own 60th birthday, Lara (Corinna Harfouch) steps out of her living room window and contemplates jumping to her death. From this startling, unnerving beginning, director Jan-Ole Gerster creates a stunningly precise psychological portrait of a woman on the verge. As Lara prepares for her estranged son’s concert, she attempts to forge connections with a varied group of friends, family, and acquaintances from her past and present. Anchored by Harfouch’s masterful lead performance, Gerster’s second feature is a perfectly calibrated look at familial discord and attempts at redemption in contemporary Berlin.