In her debut feature, Angela Schanelec paints a love triangle as only she can—with startling clarity of vision, formal precision, and a peerless sense of the moral and metaphysical dimensions of everyday life. Freelance photographer Christian (Wolfgang Michael) finds himself in love with two women: Ariane (Anna Bolk) and her half-sister Isabel (played by the director), each of them embodying a distinct future. Schanelec takes great care to ground Christian’s trial of the heart in the melancholy and uncertainty of social reality, shot through with doubt and pain, joy and tenderness. Print courtesy of the Deutsche Kinemathek.
Introduction by Angela Schanelec on February 7