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Berlinale Special

The Turning


Directors: Yaron Lifschitz, Jonathan auf der Heide, Shaun Gladwell, Rhys Graham / Actor: Hugo Weaving / Director: David Wenham / Director, Producer: Robert Connolly / Moderation: Jenni Zylka

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No fewer than 18 renowned Australian artists – directors, actors, animation filmmakers and performers – went behind the camera for this screen adaptation of Tim Winton’s popular short stories. Each of them discovered and interpreted the poetic tales by this well-known Australian novelist in their own way to create a new screen version of them. The location is Angelus, a small coastal town in Western Australia. The biographies of the town’s inhabitants are inextricably bound up with the archaic countryside surrounding them. These interweaving stories describe the everyday lives of ordinary people, all of whom find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. The passing of time, the mistakes of the past, dependence and obsession are recurring themes. The enigmatic Vic, his idiosyncratic family and various friends all put in regular appearances. The episodes are sometimes melodramatic, at others sober and objective; sometimes the tone is light-hearted and at others serious. The different stylistic approaches of each auteur mean a permanent roller-coaster ride of emotions for the viewer.

Australia 2013, 180 min


M. Walsh, W. Thornton, J. Clerc, R. Connolly, A. Lucas, R. Graham, A. Page, T. Ayres, C. McCarthy, S. Page, S. Gladwell, M. Wasikowska, S. Stone, D. Wenham, J. auf der Heide, J. Kurzel, Y. Lifschitz, I. Meadows


Cate Blanchett
Rose Byrne
Miranda Otto
Richard Roxburgh
Hugo Weaving

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