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After Effect

After Effect
Scene from "After Effect" (photo courtesy of bbooksz av)

Carl Celler (CC) Culture Institute specializes in selling art projects to big companies: Carl Celler, the dynamic boss with an inherent melancholic drift towards failure, feels that his first project proves to be a difficult one. For the project, he invited a young elite group of artists, curators, and projectioneers to Berlin to realize a project: videos, photos, campaigns, and art objects about a specific topic, namely brand logos and animals. The invited artists are furnished with a sufficient budget and insight into Berlin’s arts milieu. Furthermore there are two male (anti-)models, Kai and Jork, arbitrarily chosen, non-styled, people from the street.

Kai is over 30 and he confronts this world with nonchalance. He feels his late juvenile attitude is in anger and the ambition he encounters in CC takes him by surprise. Rena Yazka, one of the invited artists, catches is attention. Their little flirt is the background for Kai’s experience to become an object, to be regarded as a body. Is he in love – or only eroticized in this dazzling experience? Is he exploited and abused by the creative industry?

The mood of this bizarre, tightened coolness gives way slowly to an existential problem. What kind of life are they working for, or, if they live for their work, what kind of life is that?


Stephan Geene was born in 1961. In the 1980s, he was active in the theater group "Minimal Club" in Munich. In 1996, he founded b_books, a multi-functional publishing house, book store, event center and film production company in Berlin. His films include: Le Ping Pong d'Amour (1998), Bartleby (short, 2002) and Bei mir zu Dir (short, 2003, both in co-direction with Judith Hopf), and After Effect (2006).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Stephan Geene
Screenplay Stephan Geene
Cinematography Volker Sattel
Bettina Blickwede, Claude Grass
Regina Dold, Katia Fouquet, Florian Gass
Cast Sabine Timoteo, Aljoscha Weskott, Annika Blendel, Esther Buss, Mario Mentrup, Tamer Yigit, Lennie Burmeister, Michael Sideris, Lars Eidinger, Bastian Trost, Susanne Sachsse, Andreas Koess, Laura Tonke, Penelope Georgiou, Sophie Huber
Producers Stephan Geene, Esther Buss
Production Company bbooksz av filmproduktion/Berlin
Length 98 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

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