Family Life

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    Family Life

    Familienleben

    Directed by

    Germany

    2018

    96 min

    • German

    Documentary

    Biggi and Alfred used to be a couple, but life’s tough if you don’t have gainful employment and so they are still living together on a run-down farm in Saxony-Anhalt. Biggi’s daughters Denise (17) and Saskia (14) are trying to make their way in life but are hindered, both by the emotional roller-coaster that is puberty and their fragmented schooling which has featured bullying, bouts of anxiety and various spells in homes. The adults try to give them stability but they are battling their own demons. They have big dreams of a Western town or a stud farm, but without money their bucolic idyll of horses and dogs soon feels like the end of the world.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Rosa Hannah Ziegler
    Cinematography
    Matteo Cocco
    Editing
    Rosa Hannah Ziegler
    Gerhard Ziegler
    Music
    August Braatz
    Production
    WENDLANDISCHE FILMCOOPERATIVE
    Rosa Hannah Ziegler

    Rosa Hannah Ziegler

    Germany

    Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1982, she studied directing at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She won the German Short Film Award in Gold for her documentary CIGARETTA MON AMOUR – PORTRAIT MEINES VATERS (2006). She followed this with multi-award-winning short films ESCAPE (2011) and A GIRL'S DAY (2014) which both screened at numerous international festivals. In 2017 she made the television film Du warst mein Leben which was nominated for a Grimme Award. FAMILY LIFE is her first feature-length documentary.