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BLOOM OF YESTERDAY, THE (BLUMEN VON GESTERN, DIE)

BLOOM OF YESTERDAY, THE
© Edith Held/DOR FILM-WEST/Four Minutes Filmproduktion/DOR Film

Totila Blumen is a Holocaust researcher. As such, he has no sense of fun. This applies in a general sense and specifically when his colleagues try to turn an Auschwitz conference into a corporate-sponsored media event. In the process, they trample all over the memory of the recently deceased Professor Norkus – whom Totila revered. On top of all this, Totila is lumped with an intern: a very young and irritating French student named Zazie. As she follows Totila like a puppy and has a fling with his boss, the otherwise serious and measured academic becomes a nervous wreck.

But it’s no good moaning about it – certainly not to his stressed wife, who demands that he gripe less and learn to accept what his life has to offer. And so Totila ploughs on with his work, aided by the overwrought, eccentric Zazie. She, however, appears to have an agenda of her own – and it’s closely related to Totila’s background and well-guarded family secret.


Chris Kraus was already a noted scriptwriter before making his debut as a director with SHATTERED GLASS (2002), which was awarded two Bavarian Film Prizes, among other awards. His second film, FOUR MINUTES (2006), was one of the most successful German films of the past years and won over 60 German and international awards. His third film, THE POLL DIARIES (2011), won almost 20 prizes, including four German Film Awards, three Bavarian Film Prizes, one Bambi Award and numerous festival accolades all over Europe. Kraus is also a distinguished opera director (Premio Abbiati for his Fidelio in Reggio Emilia).
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Chris Kraus
Screenplay Chris Kraus
Cinematography Sonja Rom
Cast Lars Eidinger, Adèle Haenel, Jan Josef Liefers, Hannah Herzsprung, Sigrid Marquardt, Djenabu Jalloh, Bibiana Zeller, Rolf Hoppe, Eva Löbau, Cornelius Schwalm, Irene Rindje, Hans Jochen Wagner, Gerdy Zint
Producers Danny Krausz, Kathrin Lemme
Co-Producers Chris Kraus, Gerd Huber, Kurt Stocker
Production Companies Dor Film-West, Four Minutes Filmproduktion, in co-production with Dor Film
Length 125 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Tokyo 2016, Hof 2016, Tallinn Black Nights 2016, Göteborg 2017, Miami 2017, Kino Pavasaris Vilnius 2017, European FF Lecce 2017, Ankara 2017, Cluj-Napoca 2017, Seattle 2017, Jewish Film Festival Moscow 2017
Awards Grand Prix & WOWOW Viewer's Choice Award Tokyo 2016, Baden-Württemberg Film Prize 2016, Best Feature Jewish FF Moscow 2017, Austrian Film Award 2018 (Best Leading Actor: Lars Eidinger)
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Filmstandort Austria, Eurimages
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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