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Scene from "Orly" (photo courtesy of Films Boutique)

End of winter. Two hours at the Paris Orly Airport. A young woman on the way home to her husband falls for a stranger. A mother and her nearly grown son are traveling to the funeral of her ex-husband, the boy’s father. A young couple on their first big trip abroad lose touch with each other. A woman finally dares to read her husband’s break-up letter in the soothing anonymity of public space. All wait for their planes. Completely absorbed in following their immediate fates, they move through the impeccably structured and functional building, unaware of a looming threat outside that will result in the airport’s imminent evacuation.

Angela Schanelec was born in 1962. She studied Acting at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main from 1982-1984, and worked at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Berlin's Schaubühne and the Schauspielhaus in Bochum from 1984-1991. She studied at the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin from 1990-1995, graduating with MY SISTER'S GOOD FORTUNE, winner of the German Critics' Prize 1996. Her other films include: SCHÖNE GELBE FARBE (1991), WEIT ENTFERNT (1991), PRAG, MÄRZ 92 (1992), I STAYED IN BERLIN ALL SUMMER (1993), PLACES IN CITIES (1998, Cannes Un Certain Regard), PASSING SUMMER (2001, Berlinale Forum), MARSEILLE (2004, Cannes Un Certain Regard 2005), AFTERNOON (2007), ORLY (2010, Berlinale Forum), THE BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO: PRINCIP TEXTE (2014, Cannes Special Screenings), THE DREAMED PATH (2016, Locarno In Competition), and I WAS AT HOME, BUT... (2019, Berlinale In Competition).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Angela Schanelec
Screenplay Angela Schanelec
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Mathilde Bonnefoy
Cast Bruno Todeschini, Natacha Régnier, Emile Berling, Mireille Perrier, Jirka Zett, Lina Phyllis Falkner, Maren Eggert, Josse de Pauw
Producers Gian-Piero Ringel, Angela Schanelec
Co-Producers Céline Maugis, Christophe Delsaux
Production Companies Ringel Filmproduktion/Berlin, Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec, in co-production with La Vie Est Belle Films/Paris
Length 84 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2010 (Forum), Indie Lisboa 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Pusan 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, CNC, Cinécinéma

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