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AT ELLEN’S AGE

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Sun, Apr 24

   6:15 / Kabuki
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Wed, Apr 27

   3:30 / Kabuki
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Fri, Apr 29

   7:00 / PFA
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Im alter von Ellen

New Directors

Germany, 2010, 95 min

CREDITS

dir
Pia Marais
prod
Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
scr
Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais
cam
Hélène Louvart
editor
Mona Bräuer
mus
Horst Markgraf, Yoyo Röhm
cast
Jeanne Balibar, Stefan Stern, Georg Friedrich, Julia Hummer, Alexander Sheer
source
The Match Factory, Balthasarstrasse 79-81, 50670 Cologne, Germany. FAX: 49-221-539-709-10. EMAIL: festivals@matchfactory.de.
web
http://www.ellen.pandorafilm.com


At Ellen’s Age

“Promise me not to go all mad, OK?” Ellen’s boyfriend Florian asks her before revealing that he’s going to have a child with another woman. But go a bit mad she does, ditching both home and her longtime flight attendant job and setting forth on an uncertain trajectory. Pia Marais’s modern fable of dislocation takes us down the rabbit hole, dropping into a variety of unnerving, oddly humorous and slightly surreal situations as Ellen searches for grounding in a rootless world. Adrift, broke and unused to being alone, Ellen attaches herself to a daisy chain of acquaintances and complete strangers. Her need to be with others results in some undignified hotel-room mornings before she falls in with a group of militant animal rights activists. Ellen is attracted to their passion, and perhaps to their endless discussion of rules, but it’s unclear whether they can provide the sense of purpose she’s seeking. Moving from anonymous hotel rooms, airports and lobbies to the chaotic warmth of a Frankfurt commune, where sleeping bodies lie in a jumble among semi-domesticated animals, At Ellen’s Age is filled with striking images: the red caps of a gaggle of airline attendants, a cheetah strolling regally across an airport tarmac, the otherworldly glow of a swarm of white lab rats running on black asphalt at night. Jeanne Balibar’s ethereal beauty and controlled performance accentuate Ellen’s standing as a perpetual stranger in a strange world, adding a distinctive center to a character and a film as mysterious and unpredictable as modern life.

—Rachel Rosen

In German, French and English with subtitles. Special support for this program generously provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany–San Francisco. Presented in association with German Gems.



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