Retrospective of German Director – Christian Schwochow
West (Westen)

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 28th March | 06:30 PM

(Germany/German/2012/2013/98 mins) 

Synopsis: The summer of 1978: Nelly Senff, a postgraduate chemist, and her son Alexej relocate from East to West Berlin. A feigned marriage to a West German has made the move possible. After the death of Nelly’s boyfriend and Alexej’s father, she hopes to start a new life in the West. But first, the two end up in a refugee centre, and the German bureaucracy, with its string of questionnaires, is not the only thing that racks their nerves. The Secret Service, and most of all the CIA, are very interested in the reasons for Nelly’s exit from East Berlin – and even more so in her presumed dead boyfriend Wassilij, who may be operating as an agent on both fronts. To secure a future, the woman must first put the past behind her.

    • Cast : Jördis Triebel, Tristan Göbel, Jacky Ido, Anna Antonowicz, Ryszard Ronczewski, Alexander Scheer, Polina Voskresenskaya, Andreas Nickl, Stefan Lampadius, Michael Witte, Tania Carlin, Rike Eckermann, Carlo Ljubek, Gabriele Schulze, Tony Dunham, Diana-Maria Breuer, Hendrik Arnst, Michael Benthin, Winnie Böwe, Hacky Rumpel, Oskar Keymer, Angelika Böttiger, Christian Ehrich, Julia Franck, Regine Hentschel, Sveta Belesova, Tatjana Berges, Indre Bogdan, Jeanette Haas, Karin Johnson, Michael Lucke, Doris Plenert, Lilja Seibicke, Mary von der Schors, Luise Weiß, Daniel Werner, Tom Zahner, Jens Wachholz.
    • Screenplay : Heide Schwochow (based on: Julia Franck (Roman Lagerfeuer))
    • Producer : Thomas Kufus, Katrin Schlösser, Christoph Friedel (Production company: zero one film GmbH (Berlin), Ö-Film GmbH (Berlin), TERZ Filmproduktions GmbH (Köln)).
    • Cinematography : Frank Lamm
    • Editing : Jens Klüber
    • Sound : Jörg Kidrowski
    • Music : Lorenz Dangel
    • Awards : Günter Rohrbach Filmpreis 2014 (Preis des Oberbürgermeisters, Beste Darstellerin)| Festival des deutschen Films, Ludwigshafen 2014 (Besondere Auszeichnung, Ensemble)|Deutscher Filmpreis 2014 (Lola – Filmpreis in Gold, Beste darstellerische Leistung – weibliche Hauptrolle)|Montreal World Film Festival 2013 (Beste Schauspielerin, FIPRESCI Preis, World Competition)
    • Age Limit : Suitable for 18 years and above

Entry Free: Passes available at the Programmes desk from March 1st for Habitat Film Club members only. Open to all from March 6th at the venue and online at




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