THE LAST SIX MONTHS / DAS LETZTE HALBE JAHR
WED, 21.09., 11 AM
Film discussion with the director Anna Wahle, the protagonist Laura Brüchle and with the editor Christian Cloos
FRI, 23.09., 12 PM
Kino im Hafen 2
Films in German
Film discussion with the producer Meike Martens
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D 2016, Director: Anna Wahle, 80 min., documentary film, in German, released 12, recommended 13
This documentary film accompanies six 10th graders, shortly before graduation. Life centers around school, friendship, and love. The search for individuality and belonging in groups is rife with conflicts, mixed feelings, happiness, and disappointment. Anna Wahle burrows deeply but also carefully into the world of the teenagers and observes them with respect and empathy and never from a superior and distanced adult perspective. She even leaves the voice-over commentary to her protagonists, who confide in the viewer as if to a diary their intimate thoughts, wishes, and concerns. Not just for a young audience: also well beyond adolescence, it’s possible to recognize and remember oneself at 15. (MK)
»School, friends, family: much too much drama! THE LAST SIX MONTHS is concerned with things that all of us know and shows what moves us teenagers and the kinds of problems we have.«
Nicoleta, 9th grade, Schillerschule Offenbach
Already in her school days, Anna Wahle undertook her first film experiments at Cologne’s Filmhaus. Afterwards she studied film directing in Cologne, Lausanne, and Zürich. Wahle teaches as a college lecturer and leads film workshops for teenagers.
2016 Das letzte halbe Jahr / 2014 Nora in New York / 2012 Wir! / 2010 Zeche is nich Episode: Die Anden des Ruhrgebiets / 2009 Herr Rücker / 2008 Playgirl / 2007 Mit Pferden kann man nicht ins Kino gehen
Meike Martens, born in 1974, is producer and manager of Blinker Filmproduktion in Cologne (www.blinkerfilm.de). As a mentor Meike works in project developments, among others for the Berlinale, she is also member of selection committees and juries like the German Short Film Award.
Laura Brüchle is one of the protagonist of THE LAST SIX MONTHS /DAS LETZTE HALBE JAHR – it was her first experience with a film shoot. She perceived filming as a challenge, but was also excited by this opportunity to gain new experiences. This year Laura graduated advanced technical college entrance qualification in social work. In October she begins to study social work.