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C H R I S T O P H E R   K W A N K A ,   C O R N E L I A   K W A N K A   a n d   S A M    L O U W Y C K

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

Synopsis
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
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