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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Auf Wiedersehen Amerika

Fortnight 1994, Feature film, 1 h 25

Synopsis

“AufWiedersehen Amerika” is a tale of an odd journey. Isaac, his friend Moshé and Genovefa, Moshé’s wife, leave New York for Poland by boat. They end up in Germany, celebrate Christmas in Berlin and finally reach Poland after all. But everything has changed there. Isaac finds himself a wife and Genovefa an apartment. They all end up happy, at least for a while: one couple in Danzig (alias Gdansk) and the other in Brighton Beach. Told with tenderness and simplicity, this is the tragicomic odyssey of these three characters who are used to life’s upsets and yet find the spirit and strength to continue their journey. Life, in “AufWiedersehen Amerika”, is like Moshé’s jacket: dull and worn on one side, but bright red on the other.

Director

Jan Schütte

He was born in Mannheim. He studied Literature, Philosophy and Art History in Tübingen, Zürich and Hamburg. He started to work as a photo journalist for various daily newspapers and subsequently became a reporter for regional television current affairs programmes from 1979 on. He has been making and producing his own films since 1982. His career began with four short documentaries. Dragon Chew, his feature film debut followed in 1987, with its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. His films furtheron premiere at the festivals of Cannes, Venice, Locarno, San Sebastian and Toronto. He has won numerous national and international awards for his films. Since 1994 Schütte has taught directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. In conjunction with Peter Sehr, he established and now runs the Masterclass/LAtelier in Ludwigsburg and Paris, set up in 2001.In 2005/2006 Jan Schütte taught as Visiting Professor at Harvard University in Cambridge/Massachusetts.In 2002 Jan Schütte was a member of the International Jury at the Cannes Film Festival together with Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami, Tilda Swinton and Sharon Stone. He is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin Brandenburg and of the European Film Academy. He lives in Berlin.

Christa Berndl
George Tabori
Jakov Bodo
Otto Tausig
Zofia Merle

Screenplay
Thomas Strittmatter, Jan Schütte

Image
Thomas Mauch

Sound
Ekkehard W. Kuchenbecker

Editing
Renate Merck

Music
Claus Bantzer

Set decoration
Katharina Wöppermann

Production : Novoskop Film, Hambourg, Allemagne Vente à l’étranger : Pyramide International, Paris, France