Brownian Movement
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    Brownian Movement

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    102 min

    • English
    • Polish


    Berlinale Forum

    Imagine a football stadium filled to the brim with people. Imagine also that a giant balloon is placed inside, filling the stadium’s central space. If everyone in the stadium dashes forward at once to push the balloon upwards, the forces they apply from all directions will counteract one another. The balloon will not move in the slightest until some of the participants weaken in their enthusiasm. Even then, from a helicopter television camera, the balloon would still seem immobile. But close-ups would reveal that its surface moves ever so slightly. This is Brownian movement.
    At first glance, Charlotte and Max’s relationship, too, seems static. However, a closer look at Charlotte (Sandra Hüller) reveals a growing unrest in her features, a mysterious inner upheaval. We first see her in a moment where her composure succumbs to her body’s elusive impulses. The determined woman approaches the problem analytically, as if it were a part of her research work. As she attempts to get at the source of her turmoil, she sleeps with her physically unprepossessing patients in an antiseptic, one-room flat.


    • The International Film Guide Award, New Horizons IFF

    Labels & Line Ups


    Sandra Hüller
    Dragan Bakema
    Sabine Timoteo
    Ryan Brodie
    Frieda Pittoors
    Nanouk Leopold
    Frank van den Eeden
    Katharina Wartena
    Harry de Wit


    Nanouk Leopold

    Nanouk Leopold


    Nanouk Leopold (1968, The Netherlands) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam and the Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. Her first feature ÎLES FLOTTANTES was selected for the Hivos Tiger Competition of the 2000 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her second feature, GUERNSEY, was selected in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. WOLFSBERGEN premiered in the International Forum of New Cinema at the 2007 Berlinale and was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. BROWNIAN MOVEMENT premiered at Toronto in 2010 and had its European premiere in the Forum Section at the 2011 Berlinale. IT’S ALL SO QUIET, based on the novel by Gerbrand Bakker, was the opening film of Panorama Special at the 2013 Berlinale. All of Leopold’s films have been honored with both Dutch and international awards.

    Selected Filmography