Adam & Evelyn

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Adam & Evelyn

Andreas Goldstein
D, 2018
Features, 100min, OmeU

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Adam & Evelyn

Andreas Goldstein
D, 2018
Features, 100min, OmeU

Cast: 
Florian Teichtmeister
Adam
Anne Kanis
Evelyn
Lena Lauzemis
Katja
Milian Zerzawy
Michael
Christin Alexandrow
Simone
Screenplay: 
Andreas Goldstein
Jakobine Motz
based on the novel by Ingo Schulze
Sound: 
Marcus Krohn
Camera: 
Jakobine Motz
Editor: 
Jakobine Motz
Composer: 
Lars Voges
Costume: 
Teresa Grosser

Production: 
Ma.ja.De. Fiction
World Sales: 
Pluto Film Distribution Network
Format: 
DCP
Color

In the dominant historical narrative of Germany, the GDR was a backward and desolate country to live in whereas the fall of the Berlin Wall was a liberation. In recent years this narrative has been questioned more and more, especially due to existing social gaps between the Eastern and Western part of Germany. Without really representing “political“ cinema, the adaptation of Ingo Schulze’s eponymous novel “Adam & Evelyn”, almost unnoticeably, makes a subtle statement against the historical breakthrough the end of the GDR is supposed to have marked. In calm images reminiscent of Christian Petzold the film observes the love story of a tailor and a waitress against the background of the lifting of the Iron Curtain.
In the images we can see a personal life whereas the sound puts it into dialogue with political change. Lethargic or inspiring contentment feels like an act of resistance: Is it our duty to move with change? Is it even important? Why does, what is supposed to be a prison, look like paradise? The film asks important questions about what it means to be free. Those questions are not answered. Instead they are allowed to live in the different dreams and expectations of Evelyn and Adam. (Patrick Holzapfel)

In the presence of Andreas Goldstein and Jakobine Motz.