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24 WEEKS (24 WOCHEN)

24 WEEKS
photo © Friede Clausz/zero one film

Cabaret performer Astrid is six months pregnant when she learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband have little time to take a decision of enormous significance.

The stage lights, the applause – Astrid loves being a cabaret performer, and loves her tolerant and supportive husband Markus. Every decision is taken together, and this one is no different: what will they do with the child that Astrid is carrying, now, six months into the pregnancy, that she learns it will be severely disabled? She and Marcus have a choice, but little time…

A strong nature with a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine. Ultimately only she who is bearing the child can take this weighty decision. What will she do? Who decides whether the child will have a life worth living?


Anne Zohra Berrached was born in Erfurt. After receeiving her degree in Social Education in Frankfurt, she worked as a theater pedagogue in London for two years. She also worked as an assistant director in Berlin for the Hansatheater in the Theater Ballhaus Ost and on the film MUST LOVE DEATH by Andreas Schaap. After an internship as a production assistant for a television show, she shot her first short film, COMIC RELIEF (DER PAUSENCLOWN). Since 2009, she has been studying Film Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Her films include: DOGS LIKE US (short, 2012), SAINT & WHORE (doc, 2012), TWO MOTHERS (2013), and 24 WEEKS (2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Anne Zohra Berrached
Screenplay Carl Gerber, Anne Zohra Berrached
Cinematography Friede Clausz
Cast Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske
Producers Thomas Kufus, Melanie Berke, Tobias Büchner
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Length 102 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2016 (In Competition), Istanbul 2016, Jeonju 2016, Cluj-Napoca 2016, Edinburgh 2016, Shanghai 2016, Wroclaw 2016, Yerevan 2016, Chicago 2016, CPH PIX/BUSTER Copenhagen 2016, Mill Valley 2016, Stockholm 2016, São Paulo 2016, Cork 2016, Cairo 2016, Arras 2016, Havana 2016, Kolkata 2016, Palm Springs 2017, Sofia 2017
Awards Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas Berlinale 2016, German Film Award 2017 (Best Film: Silver)
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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