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Losing Balance (Draussen am See)

Losing Balance
Scene from "Losing Balance" (photo © mem-film)

Despite a dark secret, 14-year-old Jessika fights to keep her broken family together. While each family member is caught up in their own drama, Jessika realizes that only a radical step can save her from falling apart.

When Jessika's father loses his job, their family life becomes an impossible struggle. While her parents try to repair their already off-balance relationship and her sister becomes increasingly obsessed with boys, Jessika is left to her own devices. The lack of communication between the parents and their incapability to manage their off-kilter situation culminates in a horrifying event that Jessika is forced to witness. In the face of her parents’ delusional denial, Jessika begins to fall into a deep self-destructive depression. To save herself from her family's dark abyss, and despite her parents’ continuous attempts to hold her back, Jessika decides to take her future into her own hands and takes a very courageous step....


Felix Fuchssteiner was born in Paderborn in 1975 and grew up in Germany and the U.S. After working as a freelance journalist for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, he began his Directing studies at the University of Television and Film in Munich in 1995. In 1997 he founded the production company mem-film. Fuchssteiner graduated in 2003 with the film DIE KURVE, a script adaptation of the Tankred Dorst stage play by Katharina Schöde. In 2004, he directed the popular TV series VERBOTENE LIEBE. In 2008 he made his big-screen debut with LOSING BALANCE, which had its premiere at the Munich Film Festival in 2009 and was awarded the Promotion Award of German Film as Best Production and for Best Young Newcomer Actress. The international premiere took place in Montreal in 2009. At the Biberach Film Festival, the film was hailed as Best Debut Film and won the Student Jury’s Award. Through his production company mem-film, Fuchssteiner acquired the film rights to Kerstin Gier’s bestseller trilogy immediately after publication: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green.
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Felix Fuchssteiner
Screenplay Felix Fuchssteiner, Katharina Schöde
Cinematography Matthias Schellenberg, Ralf H. Schlotter
Nicole Kortlueke
Philipp F. Kölmel
Barbara Falkner, Sabrina Barteleit
Cast Elisa Schlott, Michael Lott, Petra Kleinert, Sina Tkotsch
Producer Katharina Schöde
Production Company mem-film/Berlin
Length 105 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2009, Montreal 2009, Cambridge 2009, Schlingel Chemnitz 2009, Braunschweig 2009, Santa Barbara 2010, CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2010
Awards Young German Cinema Award 2009 for Best Production & Best Actress, Best First Feature & Award of the Student Jury Biberach 2009
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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