In hip Berlin neighbourhood Neukölln, we experience 24 hours in the lives of a group in their late twenties. While writer Övünç struggles with a feeling of emptiness, former lovers Pascal and Raha try to let go of their relationship. Kara, Henner and Anja are also facing problems within their group of friends. In the evening, they celebrate Övünç’s birthday, then wander the streets, into the night.
In impressionistic scenes, the friends leave the confines of their constrictingly filmed minimalist apartments for Berlin’s bustling nightlife, presented as full of movement. This series of colourful vignettes simultaneously exudes loneliness and attachment, and in so doing Dreissig captures the mood of young urbanites on the verge of a quarter-life crisis. The friends are in the midst of life, but feel their sell-by dates fast approaching. “It’ll all be alright”, Anja says when Kara, following a tantrum, collapses weeping into her arms. Maybe it will – but when?
- Övünc Güvenisik
- Pascal Houdus
- Raha Emami Khansari
- Kara Schröder
- Henner Borchers
- Anja Langer
- Simona Kostova
- Anselm Belser
- Simona Kostova
- GERMAN FILM AND TELEVISION ACADEMY BERLIN- DFFB
- STRAY DOGS
"Mood of young urbanites on the verge of a quarter-life crisis."
Simona Kostova (1983, Bulgaria) studied Acting in Sofia, followed by several roles in theatre performances in the Bulgarian capital. While working as an actress, she became increasingly interested in the field of directing. In 2009 she moved to Berlin where she studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin from 2010. Her feature debut THIRTY has its world premiere at IFFR.