October 2012

"Beziehungsweisen" ("Negotiating Love")

by Calle Overweg, opens: October 11, 2012

Three couples in crisis each seek advice at therapy sessions and argue over infidelities, abortion and separate bedrooms. Accusations, fears and traumas all come up, with separation very much on the cards. These case studies reveal areas of conflict, structures and relationship patterns all of a universal nature. A film that portrays the efforts needed to preserve love and relationships as a work in progress. A set-up whereby therapy sessions are held in the sober atmosphere of a studio. The problems being negotiated are standard ones. The clients are played by actors, the therapists work in the field in real life and are not playing a role. These sessions are supplemented by scenes staged with minimal decor from the everyday lives of the various couples in line with the epic theatre tradition as well as workshop discussions in which the therapists relate their practices to the film team. Documentary elements and improvised acting are combined in distinctive fashion, creating a variation on the documentary which works with abstraction and fiction and is unconcerned with authenticity. Resembling nothing so much as a public experiment, this artificial set-up yields touching moments full of emotion.

Calle Overweg was born in Krefeld on January 18, 1962. After graduating from high school, he began training in agriculture, in law, and as a bank clerk before working as a puppeteer for three years. From 1989 to 1995, he studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb) in Berlin. In 1993, he participated in the Advanced Courses for Screenwriters and Directors in Moscow. Overweg lives in Berlin and works as an author, director, and editor.

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BEZIEHUNGSWEISEN ("Negotiating Love")
Land/Year: Germany 2012. Screening format: Blu-ray, 16:9. Length: 85 Min. Language: German. Conception, Director, Cutter, Producer: Calle Overweg. Camera: Susanna Salonen. Music: Stefan Lienenkämper. Sound: Ulla Kösterke. Sound design: Martin Ehlers-Falkenberg. Sound mix: Titus Maderlechner. Editor: Katya Mader (ZDF/3sat, Mainz). with: Leopold Altenburg (Hermann), Abak Safaei-Rad (Dorothea), Axel Hartwig (Heiko), Anja Haverland (Amelie), Gerhold Selle (Siegfried), Franziska Kleinert (Eva), Therapists: Heidemarie Zunken-Kreplien, Joachim Maier, Marion Braun.