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Break Even (plus-minus null)

Break Even

Construction worker Alex is a loser. The failed family man has been living for months in a container on the building site. Ruth has been on the game for some time, a victim of the 'Wende' who still dreams of 'a normal life'. Finally, Svetlana is a refuge from Bosnia who is soon to be deported. Alex meets her on the in Berlin's Kurfuerstenstrasse. Three lonely people who want to change their lives, whose greatest obstacle on the path to self-improvement is as much themselves as the circumstances.
"Break Even arose from a five-week character development phase with the actors. Dialogues were never written down and the shoot had a distinctly documentary nature. The 'from the hip' style camerawork and jump-cut editing give the film a dynamic pace which stands in interesting contrast to the simple storyline and precise concentration on the characters" Eoin Moore


Eoin Moore was born in 1968 in Dublin/Ireland. He studied at the German Film & Television Academy Berlin (dffb) and has worked as a soundman and cameraman. He graduated from the dffb in 1998 with Break Even (Plus-Minus Null), which won four awards at international festivals and was shown at over 40 festivals in 25 countries. His other films include: Spiel mir das Lied vom toten Trabbi (short, 1991), So oder so (short, 1992), Children of Light (documentary, 1992), Digital Video Ballet (short, 1993), Driver (short, 1993), Loops of Infinity (short, 1994), Der Duft des Mannes (short, 1994), Storm Rising (short, 1995), Neuneinhalb Minuten (short, 1996), Conamara (2000), Why Don\'t We Do It in the Road? (Verkehrsinsel, 2001), Pigs Will Fly (2002), and No Sweat (Im Schwitzkasten, 2005).
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 1998
Director Eoin Moore
Screenplay Eoin Moore
Cinematography Eoin Moore, Bernd Loehr
Eoin Moore, Dirk Grau
Cast Tamara Simunovic, Andreas Schmidt, Kathleen Gallego Zapata
Producer Christian Hohoff
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 81 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo, Optical
Festivals Munich 1998, San Sebastian 1998, Cork 1998, Mar del Plata 1998, Gijon 1998, Turin 1998, Gothenburg 99, Berlin 1999 (German Films)
Awards Hypo Award 1998 Munich, Special Mention 1998 San Sebastian
German Distributor Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen/Berlin

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