Film Info: IM ALTER VON ELLEN

AT ELLEN'S AGE (IM ALTER VON ELLEN)

AT ELLEN'S AGE
Scene from AT ELLEN'S AGE (photo © Pandora Film Produktion)

Ellen must face some new turns in life. Although her job as a flight attendant keeps her rotating around the globe, she finds her private life has become a placebo, lending the sensation of security she needs so badly. She even suffers a panic attack whilst on duty, causing her to disembark and abandon an airplane that is preparing to start. As she crosses the airfield, she knows instinctively that she is leaving her old life behind. Driven by a sense of alienation, Ellen seeks a place to belong and in doing so, becomes a tourist in the lives of the people and groups she encounters. Ellen becomes acquainted with a group of young activists. Amongst them is Karl. The two are instantly drawn to one another. They set out on a crusade to destroy the industry of animal torture and liberate as many of its victims as they can. Yet however unbalanced this situation has become, Ellen finds she’s growing stronger.

Inwardly matured and convinced that there must be a specific place in the world where she is needed, Ellen is ready to venture a new beginning...


Pia Marais grew up in South Africa, Sweden and Spain. She studied Sculpture and Photography in London, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf before going on to study Film at the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. Her feature films include: THE UNPOLISHED (DIE UNERZOGENEN, 2007), which screened at many international film festivals and won various prizes, including the Tiger Award in 2007 in Rotterdam, AT ELLEN'S AGE (IM ALTER VON ELLEN, 2010) and LAYLA FOURIE (2013).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Pia Marais
Screenplay Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais
Cinematography Hélène Louvart
Mona Bräuer
YoYo Roehm, Horst Markgraf
Petra Barchi
Cast Julia Hummer, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Patrick Bartsch, Alexander Scheer, Eva Löbau, Clare Mortimer, Georg Friedrich, Stefan Stern, Jeanne Balibar, Ian Roberts
Producers Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with WDR, ARTE
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Locarno 2010 (International Competition), Toronto 2010, Thessaloniki 2010, Göteborg 2011, BAFICI 2011, San Francisco 2011, Melbourne 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Hessische Filmfoerderung, MEDIA Development
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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