The myth of Oedipus is the core of this masterful piece of elliptical storytelling in which every detail, no matter how small, becomes a sign – or not. This is a film that transports us from the mountains and beaches of Greece to the lakes of Berlin, and from sometime in the 1980s to the present day. In between, there is one date that can be ascertained: 2006 (featuring football and two decisive minutes for Italy).
A newborn baby boy is rescued from a storm one night. Paramedic Elias and his wife take him in, name him Jon, and raise him. As a young man, Jon is attacked and commits manslaughter. The victim is none other than ... During his incarceration, Jon and a female prison officer named Iro become a couple. The tape recorder is playing baroque music: the playlist includes Monteverdi, Bach, Pergolesi. The aesthetics of this music develop into the film’s informing principle, reflecting events in a lucidly enigmatic and concretely abstract way that revels in its own austerity. In Angela Schanelec’s baroque-postmodern cinema, formulas from the doctrines of the affections and figures apply. An addictive intellectual-sensual challenge that allows us to blindly see.
by Angela Schanelec
with Aliocha Schneider, Agathe Bonitzer, Marisha Triantafyllidou, Argyris Xafis, Frida Tarana
Germany / France / Serbia 2023 Greek,  English,  Subtitles: English,  German 108’ Colour World premiere


  • Aliocha Schneider (Jon)
  • Agathe Bonitzer (Iro)
  • Marisha Triantafyllidou (Merope)
  • Argyris Xafis (Elias)
  • Frida Tarana (Phoebe, 6 years old)
  • Ninel Skrzypczyk (Phoebe, 14 years old)
  • Miriam Jakob (Marta)
  • Wolfgang Michael (Hugh)


DirectorAngela Schanelec
ScreenplayAngela Schanelec
CinematographyIvan Marković
EditingAngela Schanelec
Sound DesignRainer Gerlach
SoundRainer Gerlach
Production DesignIngo Klier
CostumesAnette Guther
Make-UpMonika Münnich, Mina Ghoraishi
Assistant DirectorsDimitris Apostolou, Bohdan Graczyk
CastingMakis Gazis, Nadia Federova
Production ManagersPanos Karabinos, Romana Janik
Line ProducerDanae Spathara
ProducerKirill Krasovski
Executive ProducersKonstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas
Co-ProducersFrançois D’Artemare, Vladimir Vidić, Nataša Damnjanović
Co-ProductionLes Films de l’Après-Midi, Paris, Belgrad

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in association with Heretic, Athens

Angela Schanelec

Born in southern Germany in 1962, she studied acting in Frankfurt am Main followed by engagements at the Thalia Theater Hamburg and the Schaubühne Berlin. From 1990 to 1995, she studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. She is professor of narrative film at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg and has translated a number of Shakespeare plays into German. Nachmittag was presented in the 2007 Forum and her films have also screened at Cannes and Locarno. Ich war zuhause, aber… won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 2019 Berlinale.


1993 Ich bin den Sommer über in Berlin geblieben (I Stayed in Berlin All Summer) 1995 Das Glück meiner kleinen Schwester (My Sister’s Good Fortune) 1998 Plätze in Städten (Places in Cities) 2001 Mein langsames Leben (Passing Summer) 2004 Marseille 2007 Nachmittag (Afternoon) 2009 Deutschland 09/Erster Tag; short film 2010 Orly 2014 The Bridges of Sarajevo/Princip Text; short film 2016 Der traumhafte Weg (The Dreamed Path) 2019 Ich war zuhause, aber ... (I Was at Home, But) 2023 Music


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