The Settimana della Critica has kicked off the announcements of films in Venice this year, with a film by a German director, ADAM & EVELYN by Andreas Goldstein (Ma.ja.de. Fiction), in its line-up. In addition, a German co-production will be screening in the independent section of the Venice Film Festival which is taking place from 29 August to 8 September 2018.
1989, Summer in East Germany. While planning a vacation together, Adam works as a tailor and Evelyn as a waitress. Suddenly Evelyn finds out that Adam is cheating on her and decides to leave for the yearly holiday on her own. Joined by her best East German friend Simone and one of Simone´s friends, Michael, she travels to Hungary, trailed by Adam in his car. While they stay in Hungary, all is changed by the fall of the Hungarian-Austrian border. Borders are opened together with possibilities making Adam and Evelyn decide to which world – Eastern or Western – they want to return to in order to find a happy life. ADAM & EVELYN is based on the eponymous novel by Ingo Schulze and was translated into more than 10 languages.
Director Andreas Goldstein: "The reason why I made this film has a lot to do with how history is depicted in this country. Solely as a dramatisation of historical subject matter. None of these kinds of films can exist here without the Stasi. All of the films about this period act as if it is salvation to have finally arrived in this present. The most frightening thing is that it was completely suppressed and forgotten that the hopes of the people (even those of the anti-Communists in the GDR) wasn't the present society."
In addition, the German co-production A KASHA by Hajooj Kuka (SD/ZA/QA/DE, Komplizen Film) has been invited to the program of seven debuts.
The Settimana della Critica is organized by the Italian film critics assocation Sindacato Nazionale Critici Cinematografici Italiani (SNCCI) and has set itself the task of discovering new talents and trends in international filmmaking.
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