Eine flexible Frau / The drifter

A film that will one day be a Berlin icon“ Francesca Fergusson / URBAN DRIFT

SYNOPSIS

The film „The drifter“ deals with the question after the identity-donating meaning of work. Greta M., 40, a woman with a postmodern, fragile architect’s biography, loses her job. Also in the Callcenter she is fired. Like Don Quichotte she fights against uncanny powers: her son, „the dangerous maternity“, the application coach, the prevented architecture of new Berlin (gated communities, social town borders) and not least against own paranoia and status fear to be a woman without order. She drinks and drifts between adaptation and contradiction through her life. On this tour de Force between Callcenter, working search, job centre, coach, architecture offices, school, bars and Drifts by outskirts areas, she hits on the “town of the women”. The meetings are snapshots of modern women’s lives. Alternatives or departures not by view. Only the old Hölderlin’s expert Dorothea donates consolation and young Chinese show the future. The plot frees itself on in favour of an experience.

PREMIERE: 60. Berlinale /Forum 2010

DIRECTOR´S NOTE

The initial inspiration for my film was Richard Sennett’s book The Corrosion of Character. Sennett describes the harsh demands for change that postmodern capitalism places on the individual. I wanted to tie this basic fact of current societal developments to the special situation of women and ask about the degree to which the propounded image of the “modern emancipated woman” is nothing more than an affirmation of the current status quo, a “conservative emancipation.”

My heroine confronts the more affirmative figures of women – the city of women. She is a critic and doubter, seeking in vain to adjust to circumstances without giving up her autonomy and dignity. It is made clear to her that this can no longer be done; the price of adjustment would be to abandon her critical stance toward the world.

Part of these clear, unambiguous political statements is the depiction of what one might call the romantic alternative.

The film’s narrative structure is circular. It begins with the ending and ends with the beginning.

PREMIERE: 60. Berlinale /Forum 2010 *

Cinema release Germany: 6.01. 2011

Distribution Germany: Filmgalerie 451 – Frieder Schleich

CAST

Mira Partecke (Greta M.) Loretta, Katharina Bellena (polnische Ökonomin, jetzt Kosmetikerin),  Laura Tonke (Ann, Callcenterchefin) Andina Weiler  (Fee, die Sekretärin, Bastian Trost (Kluge, ein feministischer Blogger und Stadtführer) Sven Seeger, Fabio Pink, Torsten Haase (die Tänzer), Ilia Papatheodorou  (Francesca, Architektin), Michaela Benn  (Marlene, vierfache Mutter und Architektin), Thorsten Heidel (Max, ein Studienkollege), Ninoschka Schlothauer (Callcenteragent), Franziska Dick (Frau Zeller, Lehrerin), Gisela Gard (Coach), Mattis Hausig (Lukas, der Sohn), Birgit Acer (Maria, die alte Freundin), Anna Schmidt (Callcenteragent Anuschka Müller), Angelika Sautter (Kracht, eine Sachbearbeiterin), Anna Eger (Townhausbesitzerin),  Saskia Draxler  (ein Consultant), Chunchun Qian, Aizhen Xu (Designerinnen), Weihua Wang (die Dolmetscherin), Horst Markgraf (Paul, der Ex), Sean Patten (Sean, der englische Banker), Timur Isik (Mann in der Bar), Dorothea Moritz (eine Schauspielerin) Jörg von Stein, Francesca Fergusson, Christine Rüb, Gunnar Lützow, Astrid Krumbholz, Robert Burghardt, Beatrice Bohrer, Rebecca Niazi-Shahabi, Elke Ulmer, Jan Ahlrichs, Stephen Lapaz, Gregor Mirwa, Lars Müller, Yotaro Niwa, Hellmuth Obrig (Die Partygäste  – Expertenrund,  Tänzerinnen und Tänzer) Nina Güntzel, Elisabeth Leistikow, Irene Mattioli, Liliane Ronge, Seyneb Saleh, Cecilia Schlothhauer, Lidia Sigle, Anna-Cathrin Ullikowski und als Gäste: Mieke Matzke, Felicia Zeller (Callcenter-Mädchen),  Jennifer Davy, Fanny Halmburger, Berit Stumpf (die Mütter), Weifang Hu, Mi Weng, Shufang Liu,Yuxin Huang, Ziyan Li, Meike Lund, Birte Lund, Sven Hansen, Katrin (Teilnehmerinnen der Stadtführung)

STAB

Buch, Regie, Produktion – Tatjana Turanskyj /  Künstlerische Mitarbeit – Claudia Zweifel / Kamera – Jenny Barth /  Schnitt – Ricarda Zinke / Kostümbild – Ingken Benesch, Tanja Jesek / Kostümbild Tänzer – Torsten Haase / Musik – Niels Lorenz / Ton – Matthias Gauerke / Maske – Miriam Jacks, Verena Lindauer, Patricia Makosch, Marc Rieke, Khaoula Selmi, Katharina Thieme und Claudia Zweifel / Produktionsleitung – Corinna Volkmann / Casting Callcenteragents & Locationscouting – Anna Schmidt / Produktionspraktikantin – Anja Schulthess / Filmgeschäftsführung – Jan Ahlrichs / Compositing und Titelgestaltung – Ricarda Zinke / Sounddesign – Jochen Jezussek – poleposition d.c. / Mischung – Detelf A. Schitto – Studio 1141 7 / Farbkorrektur – Matthias Behrens – wave-line GmbH / Untertitel – Babelfisch Translations, Peter Rigney / Produktion – turanskyj&ahlrichs GbR / Beratung – Kathrin Brinkmann, Anja Neraal, Elke Ulmer, Sven Seeger, Torsten Haase, Gisela Schmalz, Jan Ahlrichs, Andina Weiler / Presse – Stephanie Schmidt / Grafikdesign – Julia Böttcher-metrofarm GmbH

founded by: Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg GmbH / Senatsverwaltung Berlin “Künstlerinnenstipendium Film und Video” / Filmstiftung NRW /  german-films GmbH

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