44rd edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Die UnsichtbareSP-2012 
Cracks in the Shell

Fine lives with her mother, who only has eyes for her autistic sister. She is passionate about drama but is constantly told to stop being invisible on stage. But soon, her life will take a dramatic turn when the lead role of an important play is unexpectedly given to her.

Maybe it’s her shyness, possibly it is something else, but drama student Fine seems invisible in groups. That is also what she is told by her mentor at drama school just before - to everyone’s surprise - she is given the demanding leading role of Camille in a play by the celebrity director Kaspar Friedmann, who is determined to work with students this time. 'Friedmann was looking for a sheep rather than a wolf for the role' is one of the many destructive remarks that Fine hears. And Friedmann does want to destroy her, break her down until she almost disappears and then build her up again so she can play Camille. In the meanwhile, the fairly vague boundary between Fine’s turbulent private life and her work on stage becomes even more vague à la Aronofsky’s Black Swan and Cassavetes’ Opening Night.
Just as in his debut November Child, Christian Schwochow shows that he can make young, talented actresses perform painfully probing and convincing roles.

Comments
Nu nog aankopen voor vertoning in de Nederlandse filmhuizen.
Webreview from on 5 February 2012 09:55
De vergelijking met Black Swan heb ik een paar x eerder gehoord. Begrijpelijk maar onterecht. Deze film, samen met Monsieur Lazhar de beste film van het festival is zo onvoorstelbaar goed uitgewerkt. Heeft niets teveel. Black Swan wordt de psyche van de patiënt nauwelijks uitgewerkt, alleen het drama. In deze film wel, de manier waarop de regisseur met de actrice omgaat gaat over lagen, doorvoelen van emoties, door te werken. Ik heb na afloop diverse mensen zien huilen en stuk zien zitten en gehoord dat ze geconfronteerd worden met een stuk uit hun eigen verleden. Een déjà vu hoe er met hun was omgegaan. Bijzonder vond ik ook dat je met de regisseur van het toneelstuk in het begin een sympathie voelt die vervolgens weg sluimert. De rol van de beoogde hoofdrolspeler die het niet wordt is ook sterk, in alles geeft de regisseur blijk ervan dat hij wist dat ze deze rol niet zou aankunnen. Dan hebben we het nog niet eens gehad over de fantastische rol van de moeder van de hoofdrolspeelster en de zus. Dit is een absoluut meesterwerk. Back Swan mag hier niet aan tippen.
Webreview from ruud on 4 February 2012 21:34
Potverdorie wat een mooie en indrukwekkende film: Lazhar die ik ook heb gezien vond ik toch echt minder sterk!
Webreview from loderunnerr on 4 February 2012 16:07
This film started as a seemingly simplistic, tragic love story (actress mingles with famous director, director drops her later on, and so on), but it progressed splendidly after half an hour. All the ingredients found their proper place in the well constructed film script. As a bonus we got an inside view in what happens back stage among the participants, and more importantly the “making of” process before a stage play is ready for a performance. Of course, we can never be sure this being typical for any stage play, but it certainly had the outlook of being realistic and truthful.
Some of the plot ingredients became apparent not until after a while, like the mother of the actress bearing the burden of a handicapped daughter. The latter needed so much attention that her sister, our main character, seemed invisible for the mother (hence the title). Freud et al would have immediately caught this to be the foundation under the story. As a layman, I needed some time to catch up. Same was the case with the director, who made use of the underground frustrations in the process of creating a stage play. Even the relatively small role of the tunnel worker has its place in the overall story line.
It serves no useful purpose to condense the story here in a few sentences, if not to prevent spoilers. The net result is convincing and impressive, worthy of the maximum score for the audience award when leaving the theater.
Webreview from JvH48 on 4 February 2012 09:49
correctie: wie dúrft er nog naar de Toneelschool?
Webreview from Eva on 2 February 2012 11:01
Black Swan, maar dan in Duitsland, bijhet Toneel.
Erg goed gespeeld, maar wie wil er na het zien van deze film nog naar de Toneelschool?
Webreview from Eva on 2 February 2012 10:41
Germany 2011
DirectorChristian Schwochow
ProducerJochen Laube
 Fabian Maubach
 teamWorx Television & Film GmbH Ludwigsburg
ScenarioHeide Schwochow, Christian Schwochow
CastStine Fischer Christensen
 Ulrich Noethen
 Ronald Zehrfeld
 Anna Maria Mühe
 Ulrich Matthes
 Dagmar Manzel
 Christina Drechsler
PhotographyFrank Lamm
EditorJens Klüber
Production designKobita Syed
Sound designGünter Friedhoff, Rainer Heesch
MusicCan Erdogan Sus
Length113'
Film formatDCP
Themes
2012 Spectrum



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