GER 2014, 95 min
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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Language: German (partly English), Subtitles: German, English
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. (David Hudson, Fandor)
Stephan Geene of bbooks Kollective whose brilliant film UMSONST featuring a delicious young cast I found totally enthralling and sublime. UMSONST was just another one of the many delights of Forum Expanded. (Vaginal Davies, blog.vaginaldavis.com)
- Berlinale Forum Expanded 2014
Director and Idea
Ceci Chuh, Elliott McKee, Vivian Daniel, Dilara Ilci, Seyneb Saleh, Imri Kahn, Pascale Schiller, Nik Geene, Mathis Schulze, Chloe Alice Lewer u.v.a.
Director of Photography
Volker Sattel, Thilo Schmidt
Bettina Blickwede, Claude Grasz
Holger Hiller, Charity Children, Mutter, Cobra Killer
Production Design and Costume
bbooksz av mit Joroni Film, wave-line
Die Beauftrage des Bundes für Kultur und Medien BKM
Interviews with Ceci Chuh and Elliott McKee, original cinema flyer, Trailer
PAL / Color
95 min + Extras
DD 2.0 + 5.1
No age restrictions