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Sandra Hüller in ABOVE US ONLY SKY (photo © Pandora Film/Marc Comes)

One could say of Martha’s life that it’s well-balanced, fulfilling – happy. She enjoys her teaching job, has a group of loyal, loving friends and, above all, she has Paul. The man she loves and has been living with for several years now. With Paul at her side, the positive, energetic Martha has no fear of the future. Then two policewomen show up at her door, and with just a few words tear her life apart, into a before and after.

The man Martha has been living with is a phantom, his life a lie – a presence that seems to have glided out of her life without leaving a trace. As she tries to cope, she meets Alexander, and a simple, single gesture of his hand suffices to remind her of Paul. Can Alexander fill the gap left by Paul? Unaware of the recent turmoil in Martha’s life, Alexander begins to fall in love with her. They quickly pick up the rites and rituals of a couple: theater, dinner, the keys to her flat. But if there is to be a future with Alexander, Martha must find a way to come to terms with the past ...
Genre Drama, Love Story / Romance
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Jan Schomburg
Screenplay Jan Schomburg
Cinematography Marc Comes
Cast Sandra Hüller, Georg Friedrich, Felix Knopp
Producers Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with WDR
Runtime 88 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2011, Seattle 2011, Montreal 2011, Cambridge 2011, Haifa 2011, Plus Cameraimage 2011, Göteborg 2012, Les Arcs 2017
Awards Europa Cinema Labels: Best European Film Panorama Berlin 2011
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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