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I Was at Home, but…

Ich war zuhause, aber…

Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema

You could be forgiven for never having heard the name Angela Schanelec. Prior to I Was at Home, but… (winner of the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s Berlinale), the 57-year-old German filmmaker was one of the lesser known members of the "Berlin School," a loosely affiliated collective that includes such stylistically disparate directors as Christian Petzold, Maren Ade, and Ulrich Köhler. But with her latest - Schanelec’s most accessible, moving, and (arguably) best film to date - she has become impossible to overlook.

Taking the syntax of its title from Ozu Yasujiro’s 1932 masterpiece I Was Born, but…, Schanelec’s film is a prismatic portrait of family in crisis. The precise nature of that crisis is one of sundry mysteries implied by the film’s deliberately fragmented narrative. This much is certain: following the death of his father, teenage Phillip (Jakob Lassalle) runs away from home and suffers a severe foot injury in the process. His emotionally distraught mother Astrid (Maren Eggert) is inconsolable and begins lashing out in strange, inexplicable ways.

Featuring some of the most captivating compositions from any movie this year, not to mention a David Bowie needle drop for the ages (M. Ward’s cover of "Let’s Dance," to be precise), I Was at Home, but… announces its director as one of the most distinctive talents working in art-house cinema today.

"It’s a breathtaking display of simple cinematic virtuosity… It’s clear that we’re not merely in safe hands, but that the hands are those of a modern master." - Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

Silver Bear (Best Director), Berlin 19


Country of Origin: Germany/Serbia
Year: 2019
Running Time: 105 mins
Format: DCP Encrypted
Language:In German with English subtitles
Related Links: Trailer | Review
Cast: Maren Eggert, Jakob Lassalle, Clara Möller, Franz Rogowski, Lilith Stangenberg, Alan Williams
Executive Producer: Jana Cisar
Producer: Angela Schanelec
Screenwriter: Angela Schanelec
Cinematographer: Ivan Markovic
Editor: Angela Schanelec
Production Design: Reinhild Blaschke
Production Company: Nachmittagfilm, Dartfilm
Print Source: Acéphale

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