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NO PLACE TO GO (UNBERÜHRBARE, THE)

NO PLACE TO GO
Scene from "No Place to Go" (photo courtesy of Bavaria Film International)

NO PLACE TO GO is the fascinating portrait of middle-aged writer Hanna Flanders, a monomaniac intellectual torn between her conflicting ideals and the new realities of a changing society.

Hanna lives in a posh Munich apartment and desperately hangs on to the faded fame she earned as a controversial left-wing writer many years ago. Abuse of prescribed drugs, make-up and flamboyant wigs can no longer cover up the pains of the eccentric woman's lonely life. Nor can shopping sprees in upscale boutiques satisfy the human needs which have begun to eat away at her protected cocoon.

In autumn 1989, Hanna is shattered by the fall of the Berlin Wall. Although a reunited Germany represents the end of an ideal for her, Hanna decides to seek out a new beginning herself - renew her career, solve her increasing money problems, rekindle an old romance with her publisher. Hanna sells everything she owns and sets out for Berlin, not even sure where she will live.

Based on the writer-director Oskar Roehler's mother, real-life German writer Gisela Elsner - a bravura performance by beloved German actress Hannelore Elsner.


Oskar Roehler was born in 1959 in Starnberg, the son of husband and wife authors, Gisela Elsner and Klaus Roehler. He started his career as a screenwriter of various cinema films and directed his first feature GENTLEMAN in 1995. His film NO PLACE TO GO (DIE UNBERÜHRBARE, 2000), a very personal and sensitively told portrait of his mother, was Roehler's breakthrough. The film was awarded the German Film Award in Gold, among other awards, and Hannelore Elsner received the German Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. His other award-winning films include: ANGST (DER ALTE AFFE ANGST) which was in the competition at the Berlinale in 2003, AGNES AND HIS BROTHERS (AGNES UND SEINE BRÜDER) which screened in Venice, his film adaptation of Michel Houellebecq's novel of the same name ATOMISED (ELEMENTARTEILCHEN, 2006), LULU & JIMI (2008), JUD SÜSS - FILM OHNE GEWISSEN (2010), and SOURCES OF LIFE (DIE QUELLEN DES LEBENS, 2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Oskar Roehler
Screenplay Oskar Roehler
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Isabel Meier
Martin Todsharow
Cast Vadim Glowna, Michael Gwisdek, Hannelore Elsner, Tonio Aranga
Producers Ulrich Caspar, Kaete Ehrmann
Production Company Distant Dreams Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF/Mainz, Geyer Werke, Berlin
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 2000 (Directors' Fortnight), Karlovy Vary 2000 (In Competition), Moscow 2000, Montreal 2000, Toronto 2000, Rotterdam 2001, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films), Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014
Awards German Film Award 2000
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Advanced Film/Oberhaching

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