Film Info: irrationale Rest, Der

Irrational Remain, The (irrationale Rest, Der)

Irrational Remain, The
Scene from "The Irrational Remain" (photo © credofilm/Hanno Kunow)

Everything changes when Suse's boyfriend Matthias escapes the GDR with her best friend Susanne.

The year is 1987, both just turned twenty and their life that was actually just beginning is brutally disrupted. The escape fails. Matthias and Susanne get arrested and Suse is left behind on her own. It's not until sixteen years later that the three of them are finally ready to see each other again. They return to the places of their past. The film shows how Matthias and Susanne walk through the frontier forest in the Czech Republick. How Susanne stands in her former prison cell, how the three of them slowly retrieve their unequal lives and how painful the memory still is, even after twenty years. It shows how friendship turned into deep distrust. "What can one possibly say in a moment like this?", Matthias asks his former friends on their reunion. They have turned into strangers in the meantime - leaving just a little rest of collective past to connect their lives.


Thorsten Trimpop is currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts/USA. He just completed his new film, FURUSATO 古里, a human-scale portrait of a small town in Japan's nuclear exclusion zone. His first feature film, THE IRRATIONAL REMAINS, premiered at the Berlinale and won numerous awards around the world. His earlier film and theater work have been presented at venues such as the Locarno Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. Currently he teaches Filmmaking and Film Studies at Boston University and the Massachusetts College of Art. He is also a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab where he is working on a new project.
Genre Drama
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Director Thorsten Trimpop
Cinematography Hanno Moritz Kunow
Sarah J. Levine
Michael Jakumeit
Cast Susanne Stochay, Susanne Lautenschlaeger-Leyh, Matthias Melster
Producers Susann Schimk, Jörg Trentmann
Production Company credo:film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Mainz, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2005 (Forum), Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005, Fidmarseille 2005, Vienna 2005, Munich Documentary Festival 2005, Teplice 2005, Santiago 2005, Ourense 2005, Perspektive Nuremberg 2005, Kassel 2005, Kolkata 2006, Taipei 2009
Awards Don-Quijote Award Berlin 2005
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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