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BREAKING HORIZONS (AM HIMMEL DER TAG)

BREAKING HORIZONS
photo © J. Sarmiento G./ALINFilmproduktion 2012

Lara doesn’t know what she wants. At twenty-five, she’s about to finish her degree in architecture, but it doesn’t interest her anymore. She spends her nights going out late with her friend Nora, but hasn’t enjoyed that for a while either. She wants to change her life, but she doesn’t know how. After a wild night out dancing, Lara finds herself pregnant. Confused and hesitant at first, she throws herself into the adventure: becoming a mother. But the experience takes a painful turn. Lara miscarries in her sixth month. Fearing the loss of her newfound feeling of purpose, Lara continues to carry the baby and acts as if she is still pregnant...


Pola Beck was born in Berlin in 1982. Raised by a theater and film family, she developed an early interest in art, photography, and the moving image. From 2005-2011, she studied directing at the HFF “Konrad Wolf” University of Film and Television. She is also active as a portrait photographer. Her previous films include the short-film, THE CIRCLE IN WHICH SHE TRAVELS (DER KREIS IN DEM SIE REIST, 2010) produced in cooperation with ARTE, the documentary short, TEHRAN KITCHEN (2009) which won a number of awards and, the short-film, INSIDE YOU (IN DEINER HAUT, 2008) which celebrated its premiere at the 58th Berlinale in 2008.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Pola Beck
Screenplay Burkhardt Wunderlich
Cinematography Juan Sarmiento G.
Cast Aylin Tezel, Henrike v. Kuick, Tomas Lemarquis, Godehard Giese, Marion Mitterhammer, Lutz Blochberger
Producers Iris Sommerlatte, Ali Saghri
Production Company ALINFilmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Osiris Media/Berlin, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, RBB, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 90 min
Format HD, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Zurich 2012, Reykjavik 2012, Sao Paulo 2012 (New Directors Competition), Turin 2012 (In Competition)
Awards Winner German-Language Competition Zurich 2012, Best Actress Turin 2013
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Hessische Filmförderung, German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Kinostar Filmverleih

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