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•  Hofer Filmtage, 2011 
•  Ibn Arabi Film Festival, 2012  
•  Achtung Berlin, 2012
         *new berlin film award 
          *Honorable Mention for Cornelia Kwanka and Christopher Kwanka
•  Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 2012 
•  Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2012
         *Honorable Mention, Best Narrative Feature

As the highly pregnant Susanne crashes through the doors of the hospital emergency entrance, thoroughly unprepared for the birth ahead, she begins to panic. In a fit of hysteria – the contractions are just setting in – she has an vision: she need not worry, this child is predestined. Twelve years later, Susanne is looking forward to a fresh start. After years of abstention, she is hoping for a steady relationship. But her son, whom she since the vision believes to be a genius, is writing unreadable essays in school and his treacher wants to put him in special ed. Susanne and Jonathan wrestle for their life.
The film is a collaboration between the director Johan Carlsen and Cornelia and Christopher Kwanka, a mother and son living in Berlin-Lichtenberg. Conny and Christopher act out scenes from Johan’s childhood and their own experience. They play Johnny and Susanne, a mother and son fighting for recognition and balance in an indifferent world.

written and directed by Johan Carlsen
a dffb, Schiwago Film, Ariane Film and MAKRORAMA production
in coproduction with ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel, funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the FFA.

fiction/ 63 Min. / color / shooting format S16mm / print format 35mm / 25fps, 1:1.33 / dolby SR / germany, 2011
contact: johan(at)makrorama.de

->Review from Schnitt Filmmagazin