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Continuity

GER 2016, 85 min

A middle aged couple hire young men to act as their son.

Synopsis

CONTINUITY begins as a straight-forward story of an emotional homecoming and turns uncanny as the two protagonists – a middle aged couple living in a small town in Germany – repeatedly invite different young men into their home to perform an inscrutable ritual. It remains unclear whether the couple has suffered an actual loss – or if their pretended sons are just a way of staying together. A total of three different Daniels spend the night at the family house. Each disappears under mysterious circumstances until we see them all in a ditch at the end – neither dead nor alive, neither in Germany nor in Afghanistan.

The film is based on Omer Fasts short movie CONTINUITY. Thus the film is remake, repetition and continuation at once.

 

Press reviews

It is an unhinged intrigue of incestuous sex games, cuckolding and, possibly, murder. As well as the action, Fast is good at capturing the repressed and pressure-cooked feelings beneath the surface, coming to the boil. For all its absurdities, Continuity has the feel of the authentic, which is the greatest artifice of all. – The Guardian, 2016, Adrian Searle

Awards and Festivals

- Berlinale / Forum Expanded, Germany 2016
- Art Basel - presented by Festival del Film Locarno 2016
- Pluk de Nacht Film Festival, Amsterdam, Niederlande 2016
- Vladivostok International Film Festival 2016
- Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2016
- Lo schermo dell'arte Film Festival, Florence 2016
- Heimspiel Filmfest Regensburg 2016
- Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2017
- GEGENkino 2017
- Kino der Kunst "Schaustelle" in der Pinakothek der Moderne, München 2017
- Kino der Kunst im Neuen Museum Nürnberg 2017

Additional Texts

"The majority of my projects are like One-Night-Stands. When they're over you ideally head towards something new. In 'Continuity' I did the mistake of falling in love. I kept on thinking about the characters and the story: Where are they now? What are they doing? I wanted to see them again so I expanded their little world, introduced more characters and made the story more complicated. Generally this is not a good idea for artwork - and for relationships. But I couldn't help it." Omer Fast (tip Berlin, 24/2016, interview with Bert Rebhandl)

Credits

Director and Screenplay
Omer Fast
With
André M. Hennicke, Iris Böhm, Constantin von Jascheroff, Bruno Alexander, Josef Mattes, Lukas Steltner, Niklas Kohrt, Milton Welsh, Ketel Weber, Anne Ratte-Polle, Jakob Bieber, Arnel Taci
Director of Photography
Patrick Orth, Bernhard Keller
Production Design
Anne Schlaich, Beatrice Schultz
Costume Design
Silke Sommer, Lotte Sawatzki
Key Make-up Artist
Ljiljana Müller, Sara Lichtsteiner
Sound Recordist
David Hilgers, Samuel Schmidt, Oliver Göbel
Gaffer
Christoph Dehmel-Osterloh, Henry Notroff, Armin Sieghart
Sound Design
Jochen Jezussek
Sound Mixer
Matthias Schwab
Editor
Janina Herhoffer, Heike Parplies, Omer Fast
Music
Angel (Dirk Dresselhaus & Ilpo Väisänen)
Casting
Antje Scholz, Viviana Kammel
1st AD
Ola Czarniecka, Liesa Rademacher
DIT
Maximilian Link, Phillip Wölke
1st AC
Florian Geyer, Andreas Pölzl 
2nd AC
Sarah Handelmann  
Prop Key Grip
Daniel Horn, Nico Storch, Camillo Sottolichio
Steadicam Operator
Matthias Biber
Trainee Camera
Athalja Hass, Elias Dege
Set Decorator
Pegah Ghalambor
Assistant Production Design
Michael Randel, Anne Kuhn, Angela Bravo
Stand By Prop
Laura Nendza, Anna-Maria Thönelt
Trainee Art Department
Yael Kfir 
Assistant Costume Design
Judith Neuroth, Laura Büchel
Special FX Make-up
Stefan von Essen
Best Boy
Henk Otte, Daniel Lasius  
Trainee Lighting
Paul von Heymann
Driver
Daniel Janssen, Matthias Gehret, Peter Sauer
Stunts
Buff Connection
Fight Coordinator
Joshua Grothe
Accident Stunt Coordinator
Daniela Stein
Stunt Driver
Oliver Juhrs
Stunt Technique
Nils Lange
1st Location Manager
Liesa Rademacher
1st Set Manager
Martin Mantel
2nd Set Manager
Matti Cordewinus
Assistant Editor
Alex Jovanovic, Kolja Kunt, Diana Zolotarova
VFX Supervisor
Jean-Michel Boublil
Compositing Artists
Ernest Dios, Benoit Imbert, Simon Moreau
3D Artist
Héctor Robles Fernández
Digital Artist
Marcus Eich
Animation
Sasa Zivkovic
Color Grading
Stefan King, Mark Wagner 
Production Coordinator
Viviana Kammel, Gesche Loft
Production Manager
Wassili Zygouris
Producer
Irene von Alberti, Frieder Schlaich
Production
Filmgalerie 451    

Marokko - Team
Director of Photography / Bildgestaltung
Peter Drittenpreis
Sound
Si Mohammed Simou
Boom Operator
Said Essaada
Art Department
Abdessamad Manouel
Costumes
Mbarka Bahar
Make-up
Khadija Hamdan
Casting Manager
Mourad Barouche
Production Coordinator
Seloua Elgouni
Location Manager
Jawad Elkacimi
UPM
Hicham Zaari
Line Producer
Karim Debbagh
Service Production Morocco
Kasbah Films   

Commissioned by
dOCUMENTA (13), Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Jeu de Paume, Paris, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK  
Supported by
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, ZDF/3sat , OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)

Distribution Details

Screening Format
DCP (2K, 24 fps, 5.1)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Language
German
Subtitles
English
Promotion Material
Trailer, A1 poster
License Area
Worldwide
Rating
16