Nachmittag

  • 97'
  • Germany
  • 2007
After a lengthy absence, the actress Irene returns to her lakeside house just outside of Berlin. Then she visits her bigoted brother Alex and her son Konstantin, who wants to be a writer and lives with his uncle. As usual she also meets the girl next door Agnes, who is spending the summer break from university with her parents. Irene has a new lover. Everything seems the same, but different, and yet still unchanged and the same. In her free adaptation of Chekhov's Seagull, Angela Schanelec (who herself plays Irene) creates a possibly less openly cynical yet just as clinical analysis of the lack of social cohesion that results when people are largely obsessed by themselves. Schanelec's characters are imprisoned in their own net, as it were. They withdraw into it, they project it onto their surroundings or they try to get away from it with touching difficulty. Afternoon covers three afternoons during a hot summer. That's all the director needs to record the isolation of each of the characters as an unchanging basis. Acute dialogues that seldom lead to a real conversation and camerawork that mercilessly observes the consequences of this extreme introversion serve to fixate the unbearable weight of human existence.


Director
Angela Schanelec
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
97'
Medium
35mm
International title
Afternoon
Language
German
Producer
Angela Schanelec
Production Company
Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec
Sales
Nachmittagfilm Angela Schanelec
Screenplay
Angela Schanelec
Cinematography
Reinhold Vorschneider
Editor
Bettina Böhler
Production Design
Ingo von Heland
Sound Design
Martin Steyer, Kai Tebbel
Cast
Mark Waschke, Angela Schanelec, Jirka Zett, Miriam Horwitz
Website
http://peripherfilm.de/nachmittag