I WAS AT HOME, BUT...
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A film by Angela Schanelec
2019 / Germany / 105 min
Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 / NR
I Was at Home, But... tells the story of Astrid (Maren Eggert), a forty-something mother of two, struggling to regain her balance in the wake of her husband’s death. Her adolescent son Phillip (Jakob Lassalle) disappeared for a week and now that he has returned, he faces disciplinary action at school and his toe requires amputation. As new questions confront Astrid from every angle, even simple activities like buying a bicycle or engaging with a work of art, are fraught with unexpected challenges.
In her signature elliptical style and with a gentle sense of humor, Schanelec weaves together these narrative strands and more—a school production of Hamlet, a pair of teachers deciding whether to start a family, a donkey and a dog who share a home—to create an indelible picture of a small community grappling with fundamental questions of existence.
Three short films by Angela Schanelec
Lovely Yellow Color / Schöne gelbe Farbe (1991, 5 mins)
Far Away / Weit entfert (1992, 9 mins)
Prague, March ‘92 / Prag, März 92 (1992, 15mins)
Interview with Angela Schanelec (2020, 37 mins)
Booklet featuring essay by actor and filmmaker Deragh Campbell
Winner - Best Director - Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Best Director - Mar del Plata Festival
Winner - Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award - San Sebastián Festival
Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
"A complex, challenging but brilliant work."
- Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"Gorgeously immersive... calmly, radically mystifying."
- Jessica Kiang, BFI