Jack

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    Jack

    Directed by

    • Edward Berger

    Germany

    2014

    100 min

    • German

    Drama

    Berlinale Competition

    Although he is only ten years old, Jack is responsible for himself and his little brother Manuel and this fills him with pride. Their single mother works during the day and often goes out at night. There’s no father in sight. One day, Manuel burns himself with boiling hot water while bathing and Jack is blamed for the incident. It's reason enough for social services to put him in a home where he is dreadfully homesick. He soon gets into trouble and bolts, heading for home. He arrives back, only to find his mother is once again absent. Jack and Manuel roam the city in search of her. They sleep in parks and in an underground car park, run away from the police and encounter adults, some of whom help and others who are indifferent.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Ivo Pietzcker
    Georg Arms
    Luise Heyer
    Nele Mueller-Stoefen
    Antony Arnolds
    Johann Juergens
    Vincent Redetzki
    Odine Johne
    Jacob Matschenz
    Screenplay
    Edward Berger
    Nele Mueller-Stöfen
    Cinematography
    Jens Harant
    Editing
    Janina Herhoffer
    Music
    Christoph M. Kaiser
    Julian Maas
    Sales
    BETA CINEMA
    Production
    PORT AU PRINCE FILM & KULTUR PRODUKTION GMBH

    Press

    It is a screenplay worthy of its protagonist.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    A powerfully unnerving and gently harrowing story.

    Mark Adams, Screen Daily

    Edward Berger

    Edward Berger

    Germany

    Born in Wolfsburg in 1970, Edward Berger completed his studies in film directing in 1994 at NYU in New York. Thereafter he gained his first work experience at the U.S. independent producer GOOD MACHINE, among other at films by Ang Lee and Todd Haynes. He is a resident of Berlin since 1997. His first feature film as a director was produced after writing a book at GOMEZ. Berger also wrote and directed several episodes of the TV series “KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst”. In 2012 his film A GOOD SUMMER was awarded with the Grimme price. Edward Berger has been working together with Nele Mueller-Stöfen for several years. JACK was developed on the base of the screenplay they wrote together.