Marie Bäumer has been awarded with the FIPA D'OR as Best Lead Actress for LETTER TO MY LIFE in the Fiction Competition at the 29th Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in Biarritz.
LETTER TO MY LIFE (BRIEF AN MEIN LEBEN) by Urs Egger (Bavaria Fernsehproduktion/ZDF) was shown at the FIPA, one of the world's most important and largest TV festivals, in the Fiction Competition. Based loosely on Miriam Meckel's eponymous book, the film is the story of Toni (played by Marie Bäumer) who regards herself with some pride as a global nomad: She is a young, successful professor of oceanography, jetting around the world between her university, international conferences, her partner Maria, and her home town where her mother is terminally and her father is completely overwhelmed. Toni steadfastly ignores all signs of physical exhaustion - until her pace of life throws her completely off kilter and catapults her into a psychiatric hospital. Used to getting quick results, she demands that her doctor come up with a speedy cure. But her obsession with efficiency isn't getting anywhere very fast.
Another German TV production - FRIEDLAND by Frauke Sandig (Deutsche Welle/NDR) - was programmed in the Documentary Competition.
The 29th Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) was held from 19 – 24 January 2016.
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