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13 Semesters
Scene from "13 Semesters" (photo © Twentieth Century Fox)

Momo leaves his cozy small home town to go to Darmstadt to start studying Business Mathematics, a subject he was always very good in at school. At first full of enthusiasm and confidence, he runs into a nerve-wracking situation trying to find a place to live, until he finally decides to share an apartment with Bernd, a somewhat unfriendly Architecture student five years his senior. But out of their original “partnership of convenience” develops a “friendship for life”. Yet still, Momo has some initial difficulty acclimating himself to student life.

Over the course of the next 13 semesters, Momo experiences all the highs and lows that student life has to offer. At first he is very studious and goes to all his lectures, hangs out with like-minded fellow students, and spends two semesters abroad in Australia. But when he returns, he realizes that he has chosen the wrong major and calling it off now seems to be too late. Finally, in his seventh semester, his greatest desire is fulfilled: after falling in love with Kerstin, he forgets all about the whole purpose of his studies. Ultimately, he leads himself to financial ruin with a completely oversized business idea. His youthful enthusiasm is soon replaced by deep depression and existential questions like: What do I really want? What am I doing here? And for how much longer?
Genre Comedy, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Frieder Wittich
Screenplay Frieder Wittich
Cinematography Christian Rein
Marty Schenk
Tamo Kunz
Cast Max Riemelt, Alexander Fehling, Claudia Eisinger
Producer Jakob Claussen
Production Company Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, in co-production with HR/Frankfurt, ARTE, Instinctive Film/Berlin
Runtime 102 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Zurich 2009 (In Competition), Hof 2009, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Shanghai 2010, Giffoni 2010, Tallinn Black Nights 2010
Awards Special Mention Zurich 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, HessenInvestFilm, University of Television & Film Munich
German Distributor 20th Century Fox (Germany)

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