January 2015, distribution news


by Philip Widmann and Karsten Krause; opens April 09, 2015

A woman‘s voice and a man‘s voice speaking in unison: »A woman called Monika, and a man called Hans. Hans documents in writing that Monika has threatened him - her boss, employer and lover - with the withdrawal of her sexual favors if his wife doesn‘t apologize to her.« The contents of a black briefcase lead us into a superficially well-ordered life in West Germany in 1970, in a city that can be seen as representative of the entire country. In this briefcase: the meticulous documentation of an affair between the small business owner Hans and his secretary Monika. A detailed protocol of their sexual activities leaves a trail through the field of infinite possibilities and finite probabilities of leading a different life under the same circumstances.

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Director’s commentary by Philip Widmann
Monika and Hans have a relationship, and Hans considers this relationship worthy of documentation. He creates a collection in a black briefcase. This collection is his form of a coherent narrative, a factual report. Written entries are supplemented and seemingly verified by receipts, calendar pages, photographs and other artifacts. Scenario follows the chronology of the entries, whose plot is as banal as it is absurd. And because the contents of the briefcase betray more about Hans, the writer, than about Monika, the one written about, the question quickly arises: Who is this Monika? Or rather, who might she have been? The film projects a second image onto the one created by Hans, and adds another scenario to his factual report. A concatenation of the probable life situation of a woman named Monika, who could be any woman, with the possibilities of leading a completely different life under the same circumstances. The circumstances: regional, biological, social and individual determinants, which outline the setting and the character. A West German city named Cologne, age and gender, mental and physical health, the character‘s own horizon. Neither picture is complete nor congruent. Doubts arise. The film is composed of a chain of questions about the identity of numbers, words, images and sounds - and the people and places they help describe. Is what is heard identical to what is seen? Is the photo identical to the image in the film? The written to the spoken? The spoken to the thought

64. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin / Perspektive Deutsches Kino
Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg 2014
Director's Lounge Berlin 2014
Underdox - Festival für Dokument und Experiment München 2014
Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart
Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofestival 2014
CPH:DOX 2014
Exposed Film Festival Köln 2014

Germany 2014. DCP. 1:1,33. Length: 89 Min. Language : Deutsch. Script, Direction, Montage, Image: Philip Widmann. Image, Co-Direction, Montage: Karsten Krause. Sound: Tom Schön. Voices: Cora Frost, Gustav Peter Wöhler. Actors: Lisa Arndt, Kenneth Huber, Odine Johne. Produced by Works Cited in co-production with Blinker Filmproduktion. Funded byKuratorium junger deutscher Film, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmförderungsanstalt, DEFA-Stiftung, Filmbüro Bremen.