German Film Club
Cooperation between Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF) and Goethe Institut Jakarta
Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 7.00 pm
Auditorium, Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF)
Jl. Tirtodipuran 3, Yogyakarta
Open for public and free
After Spring Comes Fall
Director: Daniel Carsenty, 2014/15, drama/thriller, 90 min., Deutch with English subtitles
Cast: Haima Ilter, Tamer Yigit, Murat Seven, Asad Schwarz, Marc Philipps
A young Kurdish woman flees from Syria. Once she gets to Berlin, she starts building a new – illegal – existence for herself. The Syrian secret service find her and oblige her to work for the mas an informant.
The flat is riddled with bullet holes, her husband seriously wounded. Mina, a young Kurd, decides to leave her home in Syria and flees to Berlin. She begins a new life in the apparent security of her illegal existence. She regularly transfers money to her family. But it is precisely the seremittances that will seal her fate. The Syrian secret service trace Mina and make her work as an informer. While gradually winning the trust of Syrian opposition members in Berlin she sends back sensible information on there sistance movement. She desperately seeks a way out of the close web of being trapped, of betrayal and violence. AFTER SPRING COMES FALL is a highly topical and dark thriller. It is a touching demonstration of how being a refugee does not end with the arrival in Germany.
Reviews and recommendations
“The film does not betray with what little means it was made. Johannes Waltermann on camera makes optimum use of the scantre sources, shunning effects and visual opulence, and working with light and mobility. The camera is always very close to the Syrian refugee woman, so the audience becomes an intimate witness to her perspective on persecution, fear, and displacement.” (Excerpt from the jury reasoning, winner First Step Award, Johannes Waltermann for camera)
“It is a radical and impressive outing. Not by a Hollywood grandee, as one might think. Director Daniel Carsenty is just 33 years old, and studies direction at Film University Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. AFTER SPRING COMES FALL is his final degree film.” (Berliner Morgenpost)
“This Frankfurt-born director does not just show the plight of a refugee, instead he weaves an irritating web of speculation and complex political issues. It is what makes this film so thrilling to watch: you don’t want every detail resolved, like in your average German TV feature.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
“Carsenty narrates three films in one – he starts with a love story, continues with the portrait of refugee, culminating in a crime thriller.” (Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung)
“Astonishingly confident feature film debut.” (Spiegel Online)
“In the end, you are left with a feeling of irritating discomfort. Something you’d wish for more often in German cinema.” (Bayerischer Rundfunk Online)
Daniel Carsenty born in 1982 in Frankfurt, he began vocational training in 2002 in TV journalism in Cologne. Subsequently he worked for German broadcasters WDR, ntv and RTL. In 2006 he took up photography at the Academy of Fine Arts (HGB) in Leipzig. There he took part in DAAD exchange programmes with fine arts academies in Amman, Beirut and Damascus. In 2008 he changed to the Film and TV School Konrad Wolf in Potsdam – today Film University – to study camera, gaining his degree in March 2014. While studying there, he made several films both as cameraman and director.
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