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For Nothing

GER 2014, 95 min

Kreuzberg’s quicksand.

Synopsis

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

Press reviews

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)

Awards and Festivals

- Berlinale Forum Expanded 2014

Credits

Director and Idea
Stephan Geene
With
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
Editor
Bettina Blickwede, Claude Grasz
Music
Holger Hiller, Charity Children, Mutter, Cobra Killer
Production Design and Costume
Nelja Stump
Props
Bea Kosubek
Make-up Artist
Michael Käpernick
Sound
Manja Ebert
Sounddesign
Jochen Jezussek
Production Coordinator
Angela Anderson
Assistant Director
Karolin Meunier
Producer
Caroline Kirberg
Produced by
bbooksz av mit Joroni Film, wave-line
Founded by
Die Beauftrage des Bundes für Kultur und Medien BKM

DVD-Details

Extras
Interviews with Ceci Chuh and Elliott McKee, original cinema flyer, Trailer
Language
German
Subtitles
English, German
Country Code
Code-free
System
PAL / Color
Length
95 min + Extras
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
DD 2.0 + 5.1
Release Date
13.03.2015
Rating
No age restrictions