SHIRT, THE (HEMD, DAS)

SHIRT, THE
Scene from THE SHIRT (photo © Alexander Haßkerl)

A wedding ceremony, the men’s room. Two men squeeze to fit into one of the small stalls. Walter and Markus, father and son. Markus timidly asks his laid-back father to take off his undershirt which is very visible under his shirt. “No one wears those anymore.” He feels embarrassed for his father. Walter is relaxed and does as Markus asks him to.

But when his old father is standing in front of him – half-naked – Markus realizes the absurdity of the situation and his own behavior.


Jonas Rothlaender was born in 1982 in Lübeck and studied at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin. His films include: THE SHIRT (short, 2010), HUNTING GROUNDS (short, 2011), RETURNING (short, 2014), FAMILIAR CIRCLES (doc, 2015), and his feature debut FADO (2016).
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2010
Director Jonas Rothlaender
Screenplay Sebastian Bleyl, Jonas Rothlaender
Cinematography Alexander Haßkerl
Cast Johannes Allmayer, Michael Schweighöfer
Producer Louise von Johnston
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), in co-production with ARTE
Length 6 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2010, Lübeck 2010, Chicago 2011

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