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CLOSED SEASON /ENDE DER SCHONZEIT (Germany)
October 11, 2014 @ 9:20 am to approx. 11:45 am
Bruno, a young German entomology student, travels to an Israeli kibbutz, but he is not seeking a romantic experience in the young Zionist state, nor will he make any scientific discoveries. Before her death, Bruno’s mother told him to deliver a letter to Avi, a German-born Jewish member of the kibbutz. Reluctantly, Avi shares his story from 1942 with the young man. During the war, while fleeing to Switzerland to escape the Nazis, Avi was saved by the brutish, hard-working peasant Fritz, a man as remote as the mountains of the Black Forest he calls home. This is the story of Fritz and Emma who are hiding Albert, a Jewish refugee, at their remote farm in the Black Forest. Since his marriage with Emma has remained childless, Fritz uses the situation to suggest an unorthodox arrangement: He asks Albert to sleep with his wife and conceive a child on his behalf. The consequences are dramatic: Emma discovers her sexuality, Fritz cannot control his jealousy and Albert feels trapped between the two of them. Against the background of war, an unpredictable drama unfolds that turns offenders into victims and vice versa.
NOTE: Adult Content
Director: Franziska Schlotterer
Screenplay: Franziska Schlotterer, Gwendolyn Bellmann
Running time: 104 min
Distributor: Menemsha Films
Genre: Drama |History
Country: Germany, Israel
FESTIVALs: Filmfest Munich 2012, Biberacher Filmfestspielen 2012, Kinofest Lünen 2012, Montreal World Film Festival 2012, Plus Camerimage 2012, Official selection 2013 Berlinale, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2013, San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2013, Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2013
AWARDS: Best Film Lünen 2012, Best Actress & Ecumenical Film Prize Montreal 2012, Bavarian Film Award 2013 (Best Leading Actress)