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I was at home, but…

Ich war zuhause, aber...
Director: Angela Schalenec

Germany, 2019, drama, 105 min, German with Lithuanian subtitles, N-13

An average middle class family. Mother, teenage son and small daughter. Nothing out of sorts. One day 13 year old boy disappears without a trace for a whole week. When he comes back, his mother and teachers have to face existential questions and a big change in their lives.

Awards

It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. At Berlin, Schanelec won the Silver Bear for Best Director. Movie was also awarded in other international festivals, such as FEST and Bildrauch.

About the director

Schanelec has become known for her portrayal of European family relationships under the strain of late capitalism. She tends to focus on female protagonists undergoing a transitional phase in their lives – though that is as far as Schanelec’s storytelling stretches. Her austere style incorporates emotionally opaque performances, the rejection of shot-reverse-shot editing and multiple long takes.