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JACK

JACK
photo © Joachim Gern

Jack runs. Everything he does is infused with purpose, every muscle in his taut little body focused on getting things done. Getting up on time. Waking his little brother Manuel. Going to school. Preparing dinner. A lot for a child. But with a single mother, Sanna, who’s sweet, girlish and utterly unable to cope, Jack runs the house – and runs it well. Until an accident breaks their little community apart: Child Welfare assigns Jack to a state-run home. When the holidays arrive, but Sanna doesn’t pick him up and another boy bullies him with tragic results, he flees. On foot. Across the vast expanse of Berlin. To Sanna, who is nowhere to be found. Picking up Manuel from a friend of his mother’s, he crisscrosses the city in search of his mother. Jack runs into trouble. The two boys need food, rest, sleep, but Jack keeps going, fear and anguish written in his face, desperately searching for Sanna, desperate to avoid being sent back to the home. Jack runs out of steam. After what seems like an eternity, Jack finds Sanna. And comes to a drastic realization...


Edward Berger born 1970 in Germany, graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and directed his debut GOMEZ in 1997. He won the German Grimme Award for A GOOD SUMMER (2012). His film JACK (2014) premiered in competition at the Berlinale and won the German Film Award in Silver for Best Film. It also won Best Director and Best Film at the German Director’s Guild Awards. His TV series DEUTSCHLAND ‘83 (2015) premiered at the Berlinale and was the first German TV show to be released in the US. It won the award for Best International Drama Series at Séries Mania, the International Emmy and the Peabody Award. In 2017 he was named one of Ten Europeans to Watch by Variety. Recently he directed Showtime’s PATRICK MELROSE (2018) starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which was nominated for five Emmy Awards and for a Golden Globe.
Genre Art, Children & Youth, Coming-of-Age Story, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Edward Berger
Screenplay Edward Berger, Nele Mueller-Stöfen
Cinematography Jens Harant
Cast Ivo Pietzcker, Georg Arms, Luise Heyer, Nele Mueller-Stöfen, Vincent Redetzki
Producers Jan Krüger, René Römert
Co-Producers Andreas Eicher, Helge Neubronner, Frank Evers, Sebastian Zembol, Dietmar Güntsche, Wolfgang Behr, Martin Hagemann
Production Company Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion, in co-production with cine plus Filmproduktion, Neue Bioskop Film/Munich, Mixtvision, zero west filmproduktion/Berlin
Length 103 min
Format DCP, HD, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (In Competition), CPH PIX 2014, Edinburgh 2014, Festroia 2014, Jerusalem 2014, Golden Apricot Yerevan 2014, Melbourne 2014, Athens 2014, Stockholm 2014, Sao Paulo 2014, Mumbai 2014, Molodist Kiev 2014, Gijón 2014, Black Nights Tallinn 2014, SANFIC 2015
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2014 (Best Newcoming Producers), German Film Award 2015 (Best Film: Silver)
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Camino Filmverleih/Stuttgart

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