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ABSENT (ABWESEND)

ABSENT
photo © DFFB/Constanze Schmitt

One night and one day in the life of Klara (30) who is having a difficult time reconciling her everyday life with motherhood.

Winter in a big city. Klara, a 30-year-old single mom, arrives home with a random guy that she has just met. Both are drunk, they are giggling, having fun. But there is someone else in the apartment: Anton (9) catches them having sex. The next morning, Anton is gone.


Eliza Petkova was born in 1983 in Bulgaria. After studying Philosophy and Japanese in Düsseldorf, she worked as a freelance documentary filmmaker. Since 2011, she has been studying at the German Academy of Film & Television (DFFB) in Berlin. A selection of her films include: STILLE POST (doc, 2010), WILLKOMMEN ZUHAUSE (doc, 2011), IM KREIS (short doc, 2012), MEIN SOHN (short docu-fiction, 2013), ZUR RECHTEN ZEIT (short, 2014), and ABWESEND (short, 2014).
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2014
Director Eliza Petkova
Screenplay Eliza Petkova
Cinematography Constanze Schmitt
Cast Katrin Sommer, Márton Nagy, Claudia Balko, Werner Zwosta, Mike Sommer
Producers Tim Oliver Schultz, Cécile Tollu-Polonowski
Production Company Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB)
Length 13 min
Format DCP, color, 16:9
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Cannes 2015 (Cinéfondation)

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