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Nie wieder schlafen

Never Sleep Again

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Three girlfriends are invited to a wedding on a riverboat in Berlin. When Rita gets into a fight with her ex-boyfriend, the trio cuts their celebration short and disembarks. Their car is broken, so Rita, Lilian, and Roberta spend the next few days in the newly re-unified city. They roam the streets and bars, explore East Berlin, meet men. They are confronted over and over again with both evidence of German history and very personal avowals … “Maybe a little more ladylike?” With snappy dialogue and an uncertain outcome, Pia Frankenberg’s film is a laconic depiction of the female advantage in the battle of the sexes, a film that is as adventurous as its protagonists. In 1992, Frankenberg said, “I don’t want to tell a story. No total identification with the people on screen. Recognition, sure. A test set-up”. To do that, she depends here on three marvellous actors, who have free rein to develop their characters in front of cinematographer Judith Kaufmann’s camera. At the same time, improvised episodes cast an ironic look at the phenomena of national nostalgia.

by
Pia Frankenberg

Germany 1992

German

92’ · Colour · 35 mm

Rating R0

With

Lisa Kreuzer
Gabriela Herz
Christiane Carstens
Ernst Stötzner
Michael Altmann
Leonard Lansink
Peter Lohmeyer
Klaus Bueb
Thomas Struck

Crew

Director
Pia Frankenberg
Screenplay
Pia Frankenberg, Karin Åström
Cinematography
Judith Kaufmann
Editing
Raimund Barthelmes
Music
Loek Dikker
Sound
Gunther Kortwich
Art Director
Uli Fischer
Costumes
Irmgard Kersting
Producer
Pia Frankenberg

Film print: Deutsche Kinemathek, Berlin