HomeSick
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    HomeSick

    Directed by

    Germany

    2015

    98 min

    • German

    Thriller

      Berlin IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino

    Ambitious cello student Jessica moves into a new flat, together with her boyfriend Lorenz. When she receives the honorable invitation to represent Germany in an international contest for classic music it seems to be her great opportunity – at the same time it means enormous pressure. In her home, Jessica starts to prepare herself meticulously for the contest. However, her own four walls don't seem to give her shelter as Jessica finds herself more and more exposed to small and major anonymous harassments. What is the neighbour's involvement prying mysteriously behind half-closed curtains? Lorenz doesn't notice any of this and therefore finds it hard to believe Jessica's assumptions, which creates conflict between the young couple. The increasing pressure and stress begin to noticeably gnaw on Jessica's everyday life and pretty soon reality and imagination blur. Eventually Jessica finds her life scattered, caused by her own ambition. In the desperate hope to restore her felicity, she starts to defend her home – at all cost…

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Esther Maria Pietsch
    Tatja Seibt
    Matthias Lier
    Hermann Beyer
    Screenplay
    Jakob M. Erwa
    Cinematography
    Christian Trielof
    Editing
    Wiebke Henrich
    Music
    Christofer Frank
    Sales
    WIDE MANAGEMENT
    Production
    MOJO:PICTURES

    Press

    HomeSick is a sure-footed, satisfying performance and that rarity, a German genre exercise that could score internationally.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Jakob M. Erwa

    Jakob M. Erwa

    Austria

    Jakob M. Erwa, born in Graz, Austria, in 1981, wanted to become a rock star, but cinema turned his head. There was art school and later film school (HFF Munich), which he successfully completed in 2007. He loves new challenges and unconventional approaches. His well-received debut film, ALL THE INVISIBLE THINGS (HEILE WELT, 2007), won the Grand Diagonale Award for Best Austrian Film as well as the German Independence Award for Best German Film at the Oldenburg International Film Festival. Furthermore, the film was selected for numerous international film festivals. In 2009, Erwa directed the TV miniseries TSCHUSCHEN:POWER (5x25 min). His second feature film, HOMESICK, marked a new step in his career as his first independent production, premiering at the Berlinale Perspektive German Cinema 2015. With his third feature, CENTRE OF MY WORLD (2016), he fulfilled a dream and adapted one of his favourite books, the best-selling novel Center of my World, by Andrea Steinhöfel.

    Selected Filmography