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For Nothing

FOR NOTHING (Umsonst) Stephan Geene, D 2014, 95 min

Kreuzberg's quicksand

Unannounced, Aziza is once again standing in her room in Berlin Kreuzberg, But her room is occupied. Her mother has rented it out. Zach lives there now, a twenty-something from New Zealand, who came to Germany on a one-way ticket.

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Press Coverage

The direct address to the camera brings up the framing device in umsonst that I’m not entirely sure what to do with other than enjoy, namely, the poetry of the director of the film-within-the-film in his early scenes (somewhat reminiscent of Truffaut’s Day for Night) and the slapdash anarchic humor of the final scenes (more reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail). With or without these buffers between us and the world of Aziza and Zach, umsonst is a remarkable portrait of a neighborhood, its community and its moment. (Fandor, David Hudson)

Stephan Geene of bbooks Kollective whose brilliant film Umsonst featuring a delicious young cast I found totally enthralling and sublime. Unsonst was just another one of the many delights of Forum Expanded. (, Vaginal Davies)

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