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Alone (Allein)

Lavinia Wilson in "Alone" (photo © Lichtblick Film)

Maria’s life as a student is marked by her craving for closeness and excesses with sex, tablets and alcohol. Her greatest enemy is loneliness which she tries to combat with an affair and one-night stands. Maria is “borderline”, she has problems defining boundaries. Then one day she meets Jan. They grow closer and Maria realizes that for the first time ever, a close and honest relationship might be possible. She tries to break with her former life, but being afraid of failure, she doesn’t know how. She does her best to keep her past secret from Jan, but by doing so unwittingly heads for a catastrophe.

Thomas Durchschlag was born in Oberhausen in 1974. After studying Philosophy and Social Sciences, he took up Communication Design followed by post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Also active as a writer and photographer, his films inlcude: the shorts Eigentlich ist nichts geschehen (2000), Und morgen kommt der naechste Tag (2001), Nachts (2002), Zwei (2003), Eine Sommergeschichte (2003), and his feature debut Alone (Allein, 2004).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Thomas Durchschlag
Screenplay Thomas Durchschlag
Cinematography Michael Wiesweg
Ingo Ehrlich
Maceij Sledziecki
Sonja Ilius
Cast Lavinia Wilson, Maximilian Brückner, Richy Müller, Victoria Mayer
Producer Joachim Ortmanns
Production Company Lichtblick Film, in co-production with WDR
Length 89 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2004, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005 (In Competition), Rotterdam 2005 (VPRO Tiger Award Competition), Berlin 2005 (German Cinema), Seattle 2005, Seattle 2005, Karlovy Vary 2005
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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