Films

The Garden

The Garden, "Sommerhäuser"

Synopsis

Director

It is the sweltering summer of ’76, unbearable heat, too many wasps. A shared Bavarian family yard becomes the setting for a grotesquely funny and uncompromisingly dissecting look at family life. The death of an overbearing matriarch reveals cracks within the family’s relationships and subtly changes their dynamics. And while the adults bicker over selling the garden, the kids are free to explore the mysterious neighbouring lot. Then they hear about a girl that has disappeared.

Deceptively easy going in its development, the films constantly enchants and never lets the audience loose while showing power relationships in this widespread family and a society with a lot of glass ceilings in effect. These characters are far closer to personal catastrophe than they would want to admit.

Shot in nowadays surroundings of Munich this is one of very few films that evoke Western Germany everyday life in a most convincing way. From men’s shorts and sandals to the right lemonade, this will give audiences a deep sense of the mindset people lived with – and by being utterly precise about these years it lets us reflect on the changing times and ever non-changing power structures.

Sonja Maria Kröner’s feature debut is deeply atmospheric and ruled this year’s Filmfest Munich supreme, winning two New German Cinema awards for production and directing and establishing her as a vital new voice.

Christoph Gröner

Sonja Maria Kröner

(b. 1979, Munich) studied in Philosophy and Literature at University of Munich and studying screenwriting and directing at Munich film school HFF as of 2003. She received a media art scholarship from the Kirch Foundation and HFF Munich for her video installation "Six Doors", a peep show about six women in six phases of life shown in the Annual Art Show at “Haus der Kunst” 2010. After making her graduating film, she went to work on installations "The Black Hole" and "Flipbook News" (a walk-in flip book), followed by "The Garden", which premieres at Munich Film Festival.

Filmography

  • Sommerhäuser (The Garden, 2017)

Schedule

27.11.2017
21:15 - 22:51
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 111303
Sold out
29.11.2017
19:15 - 20:51
Tartu, 
Athena keskus
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 132002
Sold out
02.12.2017
17:45 - 19:21
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 161402
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Goethe-Institut presents: New German Film
Forum

Film info

Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 96 minutes
Language: German
Director: Sonja Maria Kröner
Producers: Philipp Worm, Tobias Walker
Writer: Sonja Maria Kröner
DOP: Julia Daschner
Montage: Ulrike Tortora
Composer: Sebastian Fillenberg
Cast: Laura Tonke, Thomas Loibl, Ursula Werner, Günther Maria Halmer, Mavie Hörbiger
Productions: Walker Worm Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Festivals: Munich (Best Director, Best Production), Toronto, Thessaloniki

Synopsis

Director

It is the sweltering summer of ’76, unbearable heat, too many wasps. A shared Bavarian family yard becomes the setting for a grotesquely funny and uncompromisingly dissecting look at family life. The death of an overbearing matriarch reveals cracks within the family’s relationships and subtly changes their dynamics. And while the adults bicker over selling the garden, the kids are free to explore the mysterious neighbouring lot. Then they hear about a girl that has disappeared.

Deceptively easy going in its development, the films constantly enchants and never lets the audience loose while showing power relationships in this widespread family and a society with a lot of glass ceilings in effect. These characters are far closer to personal catastrophe than they would want to admit.

Shot in nowadays surroundings of Munich this is one of very few films that evoke Western Germany everyday life in a most convincing way. From men’s shorts and sandals to the right lemonade, this will give audiences a deep sense of the mindset people lived with – and by being utterly precise about these years it lets us reflect on the changing times and ever non-changing power structures.

Sonja Maria Kröner’s feature debut is deeply atmospheric and ruled this year’s Filmfest Munich supreme, winning two New German Cinema awards for production and directing and establishing her as a vital new voice.

Christoph Gröner

Sonja Maria Kröner

(b. 1979, Munich) studied in Philosophy and Literature at University of Munich and studying screenwriting and directing at Munich film school HFF as of 2003. She received a media art scholarship from the Kirch Foundation and HFF Munich for her video installation "Six Doors", a peep show about six women in six phases of life shown in the Annual Art Show at “Haus der Kunst” 2010. After making her graduating film, she went to work on installations "The Black Hole" and "Flipbook News" (a walk-in flip book), followed by "The Garden", which premieres at Munich Film Festival.

Filmography

  • Sommerhäuser (The Garden, 2017)