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Based on Erich Kästner’s iconic novel, writer/director Dominik Graf (Beloved Sisters) re-unites Never Look Away stars Tom Schilling and Saskia Rosendahl for this exhilarating coming-of-age drama set in Berlin in the tumultuous period between the 1929 market crash and the Nazi Party’s rise to power.
Raffish twenty-something Jakob Fabian (Schilling) works as an advertising copywriter for a cigarette company during the day and at night, drifts through cabaret bars, brothels and artist studios with his wealthy leftist friend Labude (rising star Albrecht Schuch, also in Berlin Alexanderplatz). When he meets Cornelia (Rosendahl), a self-confident aspiring actress, he manages to shed his pessimistic attitude for a brief moment and falls in love. But then, he too falls victim to the great wave of layoffs, whilst Cornelia’s career blossoms thanks to her boss and admirer, Makart, a Babelsberg Studio mogul. It’s an arrangement that Fabian finds difficult to come to terms with. But it's not just his world that is falling apart...
Capturing a blasé world of moral decline and disillusionment, this ‘Bildungsroman’ is a wildly enthralling dive into Weimar Germany on the edge of self-destruction.
OFFICIAL SELECTION (Competition): Berlin International Film Festival 2021
"A stylistically daring attempt to capture the zeitgeist."
- The Hollywood Reporter
Tuesday 25th May
German with English subtitles