PLOT: In his new feature film shot in Berlin, German-Ukrainian filmmaker, photographer and writer Miron Zownir lets the souls of his quirky characters crack open between wayward comedy and claustrophobic exaggeration, showing life as "a wound patched up with false promises ..."
Whatever goes Larry's way goes wrong. Still, the stranded misfit plays himself up as the great see-through. In truth, however, Larry - freshly released from the loony bin - keeps heading steeply downhill. Cornered by his girlfriend Lilly, who annoys him with her fanatical desire to have children, pressured by his creditor Cokehead and on the run from an ominous priest who takes the Bible all too literally, Larry seeks help from Bruno, of all people, a homeless commuter between dream and reality. Disappointed by her fruitless relationship with Larry, Lilly escapes into delusions that reveal her deformed inner life as if in a distorting mirror. She gets herself a gun in order to free herself from Larry...
In addition to new German talents such as Vivien Bullert (Lilly) or George Nickels (Larry) and internationally known actors, such as Hans Michael Rehberg, Natalia Avelon or Geno Lechner, Miron Zownir also brings the long-forgotten, now 76-year-old Bruno S. back to the screen after many decades in a tailor-made role. Bruno S. had become known in 1975 through his portrayal of Kaspar Hauser in Werner Herzog's films "Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle" and "Stroszek".
Berlin musicians such as Gina D'Dorio (Cobra Killer), the unmistakable electro-muscle punk Rummelsnuff, as well as other charismatic amateur actors from Zownir's environment can also be seen in small supporting roles, including ►Mathilda Wolf and ►Dietmar Kirves.
For this project Zownir is working for the first time with cinematographer Philip Koepsell, ("The Road to Nod", "The Folksinger"), who has shot numerous music videos as well as the documentary "Zownir- Radical Man" together with German-South African director M.A. Littler.
The score for Zownir's new feature film was composed and produced by Berlin-based sound genius Alec Empire. Empire started his career as the founder of the band Atari Teenage Riot, created numerous solo works in parallel and worked with colleagues such as the Japanese noise musician Masami Akita (Merzbow), the Berlin cult band Einstürzende Neubauten, Björk, Slayer, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails.
Filmpremiere, 12. Februar 2009 um 19:30 Uhr | Tresor-Club | Köpenicker Str. 70 | 10179 Berlin-Mitte
Kinopremiere, 14. Januar 2010 um 21:15 Uhr | Babylon | Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30 | 10178 Berlin
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