V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Mein Stern

V' 17

Mein Stern

Be My Star

Valeska Grisebach
D/A, 2001
65min, OmeU

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Mein Stern

Valeska Grisebach
D/A, 2001
, 65min, OmeU

Actors: 
Nicole Gläser
Nicole
Christopher Schöps
Schöps
Monique Gläser
Monique
Jeanine Gläser
Jeanine
Anika Jahn
Girlfriend
Christina Sandke
Mother
Sebastian Rinka
Sebastian
Screenplay: 
Valeska Grisebach
Sound: 
Sebastan Kleinloh
Anja Fix
Camera: 
Bernhard Keller
Editor: 
Anja Salomonowitz
Decoration: 
Beatrice Schulz
Costume: 
Barbro Hartmann

Production: 
Filmakademie Wien
Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen «Konrad Wolf»
ZDF/3sat
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Like Jessica Hausner’s LOVELY RITA, MEIN STERN is another fine slice of realism from Austria, albeit one shot in Berlin. It charts the ups and downs in the relationship between 14-year-old Nicole and Christopher, who is hardly any older for all his faintly ludicrous pretensions to coolness, experience and maturity. Beautifully acted and observed, the film picks up on how tiny things can seem a matter of life or death in teenage relationships; the spotty, awkward daters may look risible to those of us with the advantage of hindsight, but that doesn’t lessen their pain and pleasure. Their dignity and humanity are wisely respected by writer/director Grisebach in her lovely debut, which features one of the finest dance scenes in recent cinema. (Time Out)
“When I began to do the research, it fascinated me how such young people try to be a couple in the same way as adults, and how they instinctively or intuitively play the game. They think it’s so exciting to suddenly be a part of it and throw themselves into the situation with incredible seriousness.” (Valeska Grisebach interviewed by Karin Schiefer)

In the presence of Valeska Grisebach.

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