Germania
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    Germania

    Directed by

    Argentina

    2012

    75 min

    • Spanish
    • German

    Drama

    In a small town of Entre Ríos, a German family is preparing to leave their farm, for reasons that will only be revealed much later. On the last day, the two teenage brothers, Brenda and Lucas, say goodbye to their friends while their mother closes up the house. But that sent-off is far from exposing what affects the characters’ lives and drama in words and events. Going back to the setting and tone of his short film INVERNARIO, Maximiliano Schonfeld eludes the cliché of describing local habits and tales us to a rough world that always show more than what it actually features. The end of adolescence, sexual desire, a cracked notion of family, and class relations are some of the issues the film unfolds without raising its voice or telling us what to think or feel. A major contribution to this opaque realism with an opalescent light is the truth expressed by its non-professional actors, especially Brenda Krütli’s shaded beauty and Lucas Schell’s eyes and rustic gestures.

    Awards

    • Best Film - Punta del Este IFF
    • Special Jury Prize & FEISAL Award, BAFICI
    • NDR Young Talent Award - Filmfest Hamburg

    Credits

    Cast
    Margarita Greifenstein
    Brenda Krutli
    Lucas Schell
    Screenplay
    Maximiliano Schonfeld
    Rafael Cardelli
    Cinematography
    Soledad Rodriguez
    Editing
    Ana Remón
    Music
    Jackson Souvenirs
    Production
    PASTO CINE

    Press

    Maximiliano Schonfeld

    Maximiliano Schonfeld

    Argentina

    Born in 1982 in Crespo, Argentina, Maximiliano studied Film and TV in the Córdoba National University and later graduated from the ENERC. He worked as an assistant director in films by Santiago Loza and Iván Fund, and directed the short films ESNORQUEL (2005), ENTRELUCES (2006) and INVERNARIO (2010). In 2012, he wrote and directed GERMANIA (2012), which was awarded the NDR Hamburg, Special Jury Award Bafici, Best Film and Best Director at Punta del Este. Schonfeld was then invited to participate at the DOX:LAB, program held by the Copenhagen Film Festival, for which he directed the medium-length AUSTER, with Estonian director Kadri Kõusaar. His second feature film, THE BLACK FROST (La Helada Negra), was selected at the Berlinale Panorama in 2016.

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