In Jules Herrmann's evocative film, we begin with an ending to a story that we are not fully privy to. Antek Liebmann is a quiet man suffering anxiety and leaving his old life behind in Germany. He moves to a quiet rural French town and begins afresh. While he initially struggles to overcome the language barrier, he befriends his neighbour, gets a new job and starts dating a handsome local.

Ghosts from his past life continue to haunt him. At night he is either incapacitated with insomnia or drawn to the local woods where an artists' residency plays thumping music. It isn't until someone from his old life tracks him down does he understand that he must face his demons in order to move on.

In this gorgeously shot film, Herrmann experiments with different aesthetics, genre and narrative elements to explore Liebmann's unsettled mental state. This Teddy Award nominated film is the true essence of a satisfying slow burner as Liebmann is not an easy man to get to know. It is a must-see for fans of queer European cinema.

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"A canny sophistication under what appears a simple story." – Senses of Cinema

"Liebmann manages to create a fascinating suggestion of mystery around the title character." – Hollywood Reporter

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Filmmaker guest: director Jules Herrmann

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Classification: Over 15
Runtime: 82 mins
Year: 2016
Director: Jules Herrmann
Producer: Jules Herrmann, Roswitha Ester, Torsten Reglin
Country: Germany
Language: French and German with English subtitles
Cast: Godehard Giese, Adeline Moreau, Fabien Ara
Company Credits: World Sales: Patra Spanou Film Marketing & Consulting
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