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Scene from BURNOUT (photo © Jost Hering Filme/Richard Hubner)

Pelin is a young, single mother from the Wedding district of Berlin, an area with a high degree of social dysfunction. She has three children by different fathers from different countries: Robby (9), Elvis (4) and Roxanne (just 19 months). The social services have sent them on what is known as a Mother-Child-Cure, essentially a family retreat, in a beautiful countryside location in a spa town in northern Germany. The measure intends to give Pelin, who is on a continual collision course with youth services and the judicial system, time to reconsider her behavior and also recover physically as well as mentally. Unfortunately neither her roommate Christa, who suffers from a lack of self-esteem and seeks to form a bond with her, nor the dedicated staff at the clinic are able to bring clarity to the young mother’s chaotic daily existence. When Pelin bumps into her former boyfriend, Edin, she is forced to finally make a decision.

BURNOUT is a story about uprooting, abou the welfare state as a substitute "father", about a society structured by class, and about longing for love.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Verena Freytag
Screenplay Verena Freytag
Cinematography Ali Olcay Gözkaya
Cast Maryam Zaree, Tilla Kratochwil, Lukas Steltner
Producer Jost Hering
Production Company Jost Hering Filme/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Runtime 102 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2011, Achtung Berlin 2011, Neißenfilmfestival 2011, Cambridge 2011, Dubai 2011, Giffoni 2013
Awards SR ZDF Screenplay Award Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2011, New Berlin Award Achtung Berlin 2011, Main Prize Neißenfilmfestival 2011
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia

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