Film Info: UNERZOGENEN, DIE

UNPOLISHED, THE (UNERZOGENEN, DIE)

UNPOLISHED, THE
Scene from "The Unpolished" (photo © Pandora Film)

Stevie, a precocious 14-year-old girl, must cope with the instabilities of her immoderate parents.

When they decide to move to a small provincial town in Germany, Stevie attempts to slip into a normal life. Whilst her parents playfully escape their responsibilities, Stevie tries to make a good impression in town, spreading stories of grandeur and claiming to be the daughter of a diplomat. She makes progress. Yet the good weather doesn’t last and before long, she discovers that her parents have once more resorted to illegal means, as a way of supporting their leisurely lifestyle. As friends and hangers-on of her parents fill their new home, the chaos continually mounts. It is in this atmosphere of physical and emotional destruction, that Stevie must now start to define herself and perhaps even break free.

The Unpolished tells the story of a girl caught up in a complicated adult world. A world in which the child/parent roles have been washed away and responsibilities are thrown back and forth.


Pia Marais grew up in South Africa, Sweden and Spain. She studied Sculpture and Photography in London, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf before going on to study Film at the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. Her feature films include: THE UNPOLISHED (DIE UNERZOGENEN, 2007), which screened at many international film festivals and won various prizes, including the Tiger Award in 2007 in Rotterdam, AT ELLEN'S AGE (IM ALTER VON ELLEN, 2010) and LAYLA FOURIE (2013).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Pia Marais
Screenplay Pia Marais, Horst Markgraf
Cinematography Diego Martinez Vignatti
Daniela Bloch, Mona Bräuer
Horst Markgraf, Jochen Arbeit, YoYo Roehm
Petra Barchi
Cast Birol Uenel, Pascale Schiller, Georg Friedrich, Joana Preiss, Joseph Malerba, David Koenen, Johanna Gastdorf, Ceci Chuh
Producers Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with WDR, SWR
Length 95 min
Format Super 16, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Rotterdam 2007 (In Competition), BAFICI Buenos Aires 2007, Karlovy Vary 2007, Rio 2007, Warsaw 2007 (German Panorama), Sevilla 2007, Cinema Tout Ecran Geneva 2007, London 2007, Thessaloniki 2007, Angers 2008, Hong Kong 2008, Melbourne 2008
Awards ARD Treatment Award Saarbruecken 2002, VPRO Tiger Award Rotterdam 2007, Signis Award Buenos Aires 2007, German Film Critics' Award 2007 (Best First Feature)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA

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