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Marko is in his mid-30s, has just published his first book, and has been living in Berlin since his university days – far enough away from his parents Gitte and Günter with their bourgeois lifestyle. He visits them once or twice a year, mainly to give them a chance to spend a few days with their grandson.

His hopes of spending a quiet weekend with his family fall short when Gitte, who has been mentally unstable since Marko was a child, feels healthy for the first time in a long time and stops taking her medication. She asks to be treated from now on as a full member of the family and, now that her husband Günther is finally selling his publishing company, is looking forward to their retirement days together.

Gitte’s announcement triggers reserved reactions. Fearing for his mother’s health, Marko’s younger brother Jakob insists she continue her medication, whilst Gitte’s unexpected recovery seems to be foiling Günther’s retirement plans. Marko is the only one who stands behind Gitte’s decision, seeing it as a chance for her and the family.

When Jakob can no longer hide his financial troubles, Marko is the only one who respects his mother’s wishes and doesn’t hide
this bitter failure from her and, in so doing, tips his family’s seemingly well-established structure out of balance.

Hans-Christian Schmid was born in Altötting in 1965 and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich. He made his directorial debut in 1989 with the documentary SEKT ODER SELTERS followed by the short DAS LACHENDE GEWITTER, the documentary THE MECHANISM OF THE MIRACLE (DIE MECHANIK DES WUNDERS) and the TV film HIMMEL UND HÖLLE. His breakthrough came in 1995 with IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE (NACH FÜNF IM URWALD). His other highly-acclaimed films include: 23 (1998), CRAZY (2000), DISTANT LIGHTS (LICHTER, 2003), REQUIEM (2006), THE WONDROUS WORLD OF LAUNDRY (DIE WUNDERSAME WELT DER WASCHKRAFT, 2009), STORM (STURM, 2009), and HOME FOR THE WEEKEND (WAS BLEIBT, 2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Hans-Christian Schmid
Screenplay Bernd Lange
Cinematography Bogumil Godfrejów
Cast Lars Eidinger, Corinna Harfouch, Ernst Stötzner, Sebastian Zimmler
Producers Hans-Christian Schmid, Britta Knöller
Production Company 23/5 Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with SWR, ARTE, WDR
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2012 (In Competition), CPH:PIX 2012, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2012, Transilvania IFF Cluj 2012, Edinburgh 2012, Montreal World Film Festival 2012, Vancouver 2012, Zurich 2012, Cambridge 2012, Reykjavik 2012, Sao Paulo 2012, Tallinn Black Nights 2012, Poitiers 2015
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Cologne

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