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© Judith Kaufmann/Lupa Film

Anna teaches violin at a music school, her husband is an instrument-maker. They have a 10-year-old son, Jonas. At the entrance exams only Anna champions young Alexander, in whom she alone sees great talent. She devotes much energy and attention preparing him for the next-stage exam to prove she was right. Soon Anna devotes more time to him than to Jonas, bringing the two boys into rivalry. At the same time her marriage is collapsing, she withdraws increasingly from her own family and starts an affair with her colleague Christian, who is encouraging her to join a quartet. When she fails during their joint concert the pressure mounts. With Alexander now her vehicle, she drives him ever onwards and upwards. Come the day of the exam, events take a tragic turn...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Director Ina Weisse
Screenplay Ina Weisse, Daphne Charizani
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Cast Nina Hoss, Simon Abkarian, Jens Albinus, Ilja Monti, Serafin Mishiev, Sophie Rois, Thomas Thieme
Producer Felix von Boehm
Co-Producers Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Jan Krüger, Jörg Trentmann
Production Company Lupa Film, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE, Idéale Audience, Port au Prince Film & Kultur Produktion
Runtime 99 min
 German, French
Festivals San Sebastian 2019 (In Competition), Toronto 2019 (Discovery), Philadelphia 2019, Stockholm 2019, Dublin 2020, Jeonju 2020
Awards Silver Shell for Best Actress (ex aequo) & Ateneo Guipuzcoano Award San Sebastian 2019, Best Actress Stockholm 2019
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Motion Picture Fund, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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