Clara, 39, is taking a PhD in philosophy in Berlin. When she visits provincial Mecklenburg-Vorpommern for her mother’s birthday party, she has to face her family and former companions, and realizes how far she has moved away from her roots in her search for a self-determined life.
This portrait of a woman caught between her academic career in Berlin and rural East German roots radiates humor and empathy. Annika Pinske’s realist debut gives a refreshing take on mothers-daughters and intergenerational conflicts—confirming German cinema’s youthful, beating heart.
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Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States