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WEEKEND, THE (WOCHENENDE, DAS)

WEEKEND, THE
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After being released from prison, former RAF terrorist Jens Kessler spends his first weekend in freedom with friends from the past; among them are his former lover Inga and her husband. As the tension mounts, it takes only one spark to trigger an eruption of hostility.

No one was really prepared for the early release of former Red Army Faction terrorist Jens Kessler. During his 18 years in prison, his family, friends and ex-comrades had forged ahead with their lives, each coping in their own way with the misguided idealism of their youth; each projecting their own fantasies of heroism or failure onto Jens. But now Jens is free. And for Inga, his great love and mother of his son, the past and present slam into each other during Jens’ first weekend in freedom. Not only Inga is tormented by conflicting emotions and unsolved issues; Inga’s husband, Jens’ sister and a former RAF comrade are also unsettled by the proud and inscrutable Jens. Why are they really spending the weekend in this secluded country house? Is it to finally make peace with the past? Jens doesn’t mince his words: he wants to know who betrayed him to the police back then. Old suspicions and accusations erupt with searing intensity. The situation escalates when Gregor, Jens’ son, unexpectedly arrives, forcing his father to confront him for the first time in his life. Hurling all his bitterness and rage at him, Gregor also presses his mother Inga to take a stand for or against Jens. As the weekend draws to a close, it becomes chillingly clear to everyone involved that nothing will ever be the same again. And that this may be their salvation...


Nina Grosse studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich (HFF/M) from 1981-1987. Her graduation film DER GLÄSERNE HIMMEL was nominated for a German Film Award in 1987 and won the Bavarian Film Award 1988. Her feature NIE IM LEBEN (1990, co-director Helmut Berger) won the Max-Ophüls Award 1991 and another German Film Award nomination. Since then, she was mainly active as a writer and director of TV productions, for example the award-winning THE LOST SON (2008). Her other theatrical features include FIRE RIDER (1997), OLGA’S SUMMER (2002), and THE WEEKEND (2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Nina Grosse
Screenplay Nina Grosse
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Cast Katja Riemann, Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti, Barbara Auer, Sylvester Groth, Robert Gwisdek, Elisa Schlott
Producers Nina Maag, Nico Hofmann, Thomas Peter Friedl
Production Company UFA Cinema/Munich Berlin Cologne Potsdam, in co-production with ZDF
Length 97 min
Format 35 mm, DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal World Film Festival 2012 (In Competition), Chicago 2012 (In Competition)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund

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