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Valeska Grisebach – Mein Stern aka Be My Star (2001)

Grisebach’s graduation film – her first full-length feature Mein Stern (2000), co-produced by the “Konrad Wolf” Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, ZDF and 3sat – met with immediate international recognition. It tells the story of a boy and a girl, both about 15, both played by inexperienced actors, who go through the canon and rituals of a first relationship, exploring each other’s bodies and experimenting with meaningful words. It is a marvelous interwoven picture of uncertain longing and the desire for adulthood. Mein Stern ran at festivals in Berlin, Locarno, Toronto, Chicago, London, Istanbul and Rotterdam in 2001, winning numerous prizes. Read More »

Valeska Grisebach – Sehnsucht aka Longing (2006)

The second feature of German director Valeska Grisebach is one of the pleasant surprises of the Berlin Competition here – a quietly unassuming tale of marital infidelity told in a brisk 90 minutes that is unexpectedly packed with a raw emotional power. It derives that power as much from the non-professional actors’ performances as from Grisebach’s austere approach to the material. Sehnsucht (Longing) is one of those rare films for which the overused axiom “less is more” is totally justified. With her latest feature, Grisebach could give the Dardenne brothers a run for their money. Read More »