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GER22 The House

18+ 90 MIN
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Synopsis

In the near future, renowned journalist Johann Hellström (Tobias Moretti, also in The German Lesson) is banned from working by the right-wing populist government in power in Germany. Frustrated, he retreats with his wife Lucia (Valery Tscheplanowa) to their luxurious and fully networked weekend home.

As political conditions in the country continue to worsen due to an alleged left-wing terrorist attack, their smart-home increasingly develops its own agenda, transforming from a peaceful refuge to a dangerous antagonist. The house begins to manipulate the couple and play them off against each other by revealing intimate secrets. Finally, the situation in the house comes to a head when two suspected resistance fighters hunted by the regime show up at the door seeking shelter.

Directed and co-written by Rick Ostermann (Das Boot, Wolf Children), this oppressive AI thriller of the near-future is based on a short story by award-winning journalist Dirk Kurbjuweit. A gripping chamber play, The House cleverly combines sci-fi and horror elements with social criticism and strikingly realistic future scenarios.

Awards

NOMINEE – Producers Award, Hamburg Film Festival 2021 

Reviews

"Proves to be a sophisticated mix of sci-fi, paranoia thriller and nightmarish dystopia."

- Programmkino.de


Movie Information

Release date

Tuesday 24th May

Duration

90 min

Rating

18+

Cast

Valery Tscheplanowa, Tobias Moretti, Hans-Jochen Wagner

Director

Rick Ostermann

Genre

Film Festival

Language

German with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Palace Balwyn Cinema, Palace James Street, Palace Barracks, Palace Norton St, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Pentridge Cinema, Chauvel Cinema, Palace Electric, Palace Byron Bay, Palace Central Sydney, Kino Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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