Angela Schanelec – Mein langsames Leben AKA Passing Summer (2001)


An attempt to observe life from the outside – to gain distance, to not interfere, to just observe. Two young women sitting in a café on a summer day, a family arriving at the airport, an older woman sitting alone in a train, adult children standing in front of the hospital where their father is dying. Situations found everyday, a thousand times over. But what happens when you try to depict this normality?

A film about several persons shown in different constellations talking to each other about their inner feelings, relationship problems, future plans, and so on. As the original title (“My slow life”) indicates, it is a very slow film with hardly any action at all, more a sequence of still photographs than a movie – even the camera hardly ever moves. Rather, the camera looks for, and finds, beautiful views of silence and peace, thus reflecting what the persons shown are looking for. A very homogeneous, credible film, without any hectic or loud moments. A film for the late evening, with a glass of whisky in your hand.

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Angela Schanelec was born in 1962. She studied Acting at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main from 1982-1984, and worked at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Berlin’s Schaubuehne and the Schauspielhaus in Bochum from 1984-1991. She studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin from 1990-1995, graduating with My Sister’s Good Fortune, winner of the German Critics’ Prize 1996. Her other films include Schoene gelbe Farbe (1991), Weit entfernt (1991), Prag, Maerz 92 (1992), Ich bin den Sommer ueber in Berlin geblieben (1993), Places in Cities (Plaetze in Staedten, 1997/98) presented at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 1998, Passing Summer (Mein langsames Leben, 2001) presented at the Berlinale’s Forum in 2001, and Marseille (2004).

Subtitles:English idx/sub ; german srt

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