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On the set of “Bergig” (photo © Josef Hofer)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2009

Bergig is the story of a love that cannot be. Jan is married and has two children. Mona is nearly twenty years younger. And yet they have fallen for one another.

In a mountain cabin, far from their everyday lives, Mona and Jan try to discover what they feel for each other, whether and how they can be together. But reality draws them back in. Jan is attached to his family and is scared to give them up for what might be a flash-in-the-pan love affair. Mona does not know how far she can trust her feelings since she has been so disappointed by love in the past. Nonetheless, the two of them continue further and further, trying to understand, to find, to feel.

At the end there is no agreement reached: each one leaves the other room to go their own way, which perhaps also leads them both to one another.

Bergig’s co-writer and director, Julia Daschner, is motivated by the characters as much as by her visual imagination. “I love pictures that create an atmosphere,” she says, “ones that create a mood, a constellation which gives rise to tension in their contrasts. Whether it’s the melancholy painting of Munch in contrast to the friendly paintings of nature, which come over as unloaded and clear, sometimes reflecting their inner conflicts like an echo.”

In Bergig, Daschner continues, “the two protagonists, Jan and Mona, move through this landscape which, because of this, becomes the receiver and also transmitter of various feelings. The two of them have sought out this place, the remoteness of nature, to meet free from external compulsions. But the difficulty of their situation doesn’t stop outside the door of their refuge.”

Julia Daschner studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Having worked on various projects at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy and the University of Television & Film in Munich, Bergig is her first solo project as a feature film director.

Genre Erotic, Love Story / Romance, Melodrama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Julia Daschner
Screenplay Julia Daschner, Steffi Niederzoll
Cinematography Julia Daschner
Marie Miyayama
Cast Samia Chancrin, Gian Rupf
Producer Martin Blankemeyer
Production Company Münchner Filmwerkstatt/Munich
Format Super 16
Shooting Dates Sankt Johann/Tirol, August - September 2009
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Cine Tirol

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