Scene from BLESSED EVENTS (photo © Jörg Gönner/moneypenny)

37-year-old Simone decides to go out alone on New Year’s Eve. The next morning, she wakes up next to a stranger in his car, and a few weeks later she discovers that she’s pregnant. By coincidence, she runs into the stranger again – the handsome Hannes – and is surprised to find that contrary to her expectations, he’s actually happy about the pregnancy and wants to live with her. Could this be the face of happiness? While Hannes works in a hospital as a nurse in palliative care, tending to the dying with extraordinary tenderness, Simone renovates their shared, little home. An attractive neighbor fuels Simone’s jealousy. The larger Simone’s belly grows, the more extensively Hannes’ integrity warms the nest, the more oppressive their little, homemade prison appears.

Isabelle Stever was born in 1963 in Munich. After studying Mathematics in Berlin and New York, she studied Directing at the German Academy of Film & Television (dffb) in Berlin. Her films include: the award-winning features PORTRAIT OF A MARRIED COUPLE (2002), GISELA (2005), BLESSED EVENTS (2010), an episode of the omnibus film GERMANY ‘09 (2009), and THE WEATHER INSIDE (2015).
Genre Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Isabelle Stever
Screenplay Anke Stelling, Isabelle Stever
Cinematography Bernhard Keller
Bettina Boehler
Beatrice Schultz
Cast Arno Frisch, Stefan Rudolf, Annika Kuhl
Producers Anne Leppin, Sigrid Hoerner
Production Company moneypenny film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz, in cooperation with ARTE/Strasbourg
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2010, Hof 2010, CPH PIX 2011, San Francisco 2011, Shanghai 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM

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