My Sweet Home
By Filippos Tsitos
A group of tragic-comically stories, which take place during the failed „wedding-eve-night” of an American exile and a German woman. Stories about people who lost the aim in life: what they have, they don’t want, and what they want, they’ll probably never get. Realizing the absurdity of this trap, they celebrate their misfortune, at least for a night.
A film about the search for a foothold in life, a solid ground to walk on and a place to call home.
Germany 2001, 87 min.
|Production||Twenty Twenty Vision
|in co-production with
||ZDF-ARTE, DFFB, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, Prooptiki|
|Comissioning Editor ZDF||Burkhard Althoff
Das kleine Fernsehspiel
||Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Eurimages Council of Europe, Greek Film Center|
||ARRI Media World Sales|
On the eve of a wedding, a Polterabend (German for “wedding shower”) is in full swing in a quirky, dilapidated café in Berlin.
Bruce Winter, an American, has just persuaded his German girlfriend Anke to marry him, even though they have only known each other for a month. But while Anke is now determined to finally establish a proper family for herself and her fatherless baby, Bruce suddenly begins to get cold feet: should he marry and settle for a more purposeful life in Berlin, or should he leave it all behind and return to “Cali’fuckin’fornia”?
Weaving through the fates of Bruce and Anke are the various dramas of the other, “multicultural” guests who happen to be in the café that evening, invited or not. All those present seem faced with the same dilemma: What is home? Where is it?…
Each has his personal reason to stay “here” or to leave for “there”. Each has his own vision of home which, for each, seems practically unattainable. They are all losers in one way or another and they know it. And they finally poke fun at their predicament by challenging themselves to the ultimate test… “do you dare call your parents and admit you are a failure?”
What follows is a collective tragi-comic escapade which spins out of control and turns into a wild celebration of futility…
|Actor / Actress
|Mario Mentrup||Owner of the pub|
|Monika Hansen||Ankes Mother|
|David Monteiro||Brasilian Guy|
|Director of Photography||Hanno Lentz|
|Sound Design||Andreas Koeppen|
|Re-recording Mixer||Martin Steyer|
|Set Design||Peter Weber|
|Music||Dr. Nelle Karajilic|
16.02.2001, 51th Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin
Festivals / Awards (selection):
Nominated for FIRST STEPS, 2001
Rencontres internationales de Télévision, 2003
– Prix du meilleur téléfilm
– Audience Award
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin / Wettbewerb, 2001
Troia International Film Festival, 2001
Internationales Filmfest Emden-Aurich-Norderney, 2001
St. Petersburg Festival of Festivals, 2001
Moscow International Film Festival, 2001
Midnight Sun Film Festival (Sodankyls), 2001
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 2001
Kinofest Lünen, 2001
International Filmfestival Thessaloniki, 2001