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Giraffe

Anna Sofie Hartmann
A tunnel connecting Denmark and Germany is being constructed. The present is gathering momentum; the wind of change is blowing. At the centre of the story is the ethnographer Dara, who inspects old houses that are set to be demolished, and in one of them she finds the diaries of the former homeowner. Lutsik is a young Pole who, along with his compatriots, is working on the construction of the tunnel but has not been paid. Kete works on the ferry and watches a stream of people, their stories and belongings continuously flowing by. Anna Sophie Hartmann’s documentary drama is genetically linked to the Berlin School, one of the the most important phenomenons in 21st century cinema (the film’s producers include Maren Ade and one of the central roles is played by Maren Eggert, a regular in Angela Schanelec’s films). This is a film about alienation and the memory of that which is doomed to disappear. Here, the feminist view of modernity cannot be separated from the critique of progress that condemns all minor narratives to oblivion.

Born in Nakskov, Denmark, Anna Sofie Hartmann studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Her graduation film, Limbo,premiered in 2014 at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and was invited to numerous festivals, including Rotterdam, South by Southwest (SXSW) and CPH PIX in Copenhagen, where it received high praise and was subsequently nominated for the European Film Academy’s European Discovery award 2015. Giraffe (2019) is her second feature.

Born in Nakskov, Denmark, Anna Sofie Hartmann studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). Her graduation film, Limbo,premiered in 2014 at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and was invited to numerous festivals, including Rotterdam, South by Southwest (SXSW) and CPH PIX in Copenhagen, where it received high praise and was subsequently nominated for the European Film Academy’s European Discovery award 2015. Giraffe (2019) is her second feature.

Year of production:
2019
Country:
Germany, Denmark
Length:
87'
Language:
Danish, English, Polish, German
Subs:
Russian
Director:
Anna Sofie Hartmann
Script:
Anna Sofie Hartmann
Producers:
Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski
Cinematography:
Jenny Lou Ziegel
Cast:
Lisa Loven Kongsli, Jakub Gierszał, Mariusz Feldman, Przemysław Mazurek, Janusz Chojnacki, Piotr Olszański, Andrzej Wicher, Piotr Jurczyk, Robert Płachta, Mirosław Piorunek and Maren Eggert
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